Is num­ber up for bi­nary ban­dit?

7 Days in Dubai - - SPECIAL REPORT: YEMEN -

A Bri­tish man ac­cused of hack­ing into US mil­i­tary and govern­ment sys­tems and steal­ing con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion should be ex­tra­dited to the United States to face trial, a UK judge has ruled. Judge Nina Tem­pia said Lauri Love (left) faces “ex­tremely se­ri­ous charges”, and his ex­tra­di­tion would not be dis­pro­por­tion­ate. At West­min­ster Mag­is­trates’ Court, the judge said: “I am sat­is­fied Mr Love’s ex­tra­di­tion would be com­pat­i­ble with his [hu­man] rights.” She said Love, who has Asperger’s Syn­drome, “suf­fers from both phys­i­cal and men­tal health is­sues”, but ruled that the US prison sys­tem is ca­pa­ble of meet­ing his needs. Home Sec­re­tary Am­ber Rudd, will make the fi­nal de­ci­sion on ex­tra­di­tion and Love has 14 days to ap­peal the judg­ment to the High Court. US pros­e­cu­tors say 31-year-old Love hacked agen­cies in­clud­ing the US Army, NASA, the Fed­eral Re­serve and the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency be­tween 2012 and 2013, steal­ing names, so­cial se­cu­rity num­bers and credit card in­for­ma­tion. He was charged in New Jersey, New York and Vir­ginia. Po­lice in the US are “ad­dress­ing” an un­usual crime spree: Some­one is steal­ing the ones and ze­roes from num­bers mounted on peo­ple’s homes. Lo­cal me­dia in Philadel­phia quoted res­i­dent Meghan Ha­ley say­ing she no­ticed the zero miss­ing from her home on Wed­nes­day and saw a woman steal­ing it when she checked her CCTV. An­other woman, Krista Ricca, was awak­ened by the sound of a power drill about 4am and saw a man steal­ing a num­ber from a house across the street.

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