Lauri Love

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Lauri Love
Lauri Love byline.JPG
Lauri Love in 2017
Born (1984-12-14) 14 December 1984 (age 37)
United Kingdom
NationalityUnited Kingdom[1]
Alma materNottingham University (did not graduate)
University of Glasgow (did not graduate)
OccupationAdvisor on computer security systems, Hacker House (as of September 2016)[1]
Student studying electrical engineering at University Campus Suffolk (as of September 2016)[1]

Lauri Love (//; born 14 December 1984, United Kingdom) is a Finnish-British activist charged with stealing data from United States Government computers including the US Army, Missile Defense Agency, and NASA via computer intrusion.[2][3][4][5]

Case[change | change source]

Love is under indictment in the United States (2013 in District of New Jersey, 2014 in Southern District of New York and Eastern District of Virginia).[6][7][8] The United States attempted to extradite him to face charges there.[9][10]

Extradition hearing[change | change source]

Comedian Samantha Pressdee protesting for Love's freedom on 26 August 2017

During Love's two day extradition hearing on 28 and 29 June 2016 at the Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, his father, Reverend Alexander Love, testified that Lauri Love has Asperger's syndrome and so should not be extradited. Also at the hearing, Simon Baron-Cohen, a psychologist, testified that Love should not be extradited because of his diagnosed disorders, which also include eczema, psychosis, and depression.[11]

On 16 September 2016, at Westminster Magistrates' Court a judge ruled that Love could be extradited to the United States.[12][13] Love's solicitor Karen Todner said that they would appeal,[14] and on 5 February 2018, Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett and Mr Justice Ouseley, at the High Court, upheld his appeal against extradition, while ruling that it would "not be oppressive [to] prosecute Mr Love in England for the offences".[15]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "The Government of the United States of America Requesting Judicial Authority v Lauri Love Requested Person" (PDF). 16 September 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  2. Halliday, Josh (29 October 2013). "Briton Lauri Love faces hacking charges in US". Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  3. "Briton Lauri Love faces new US hacking charges". BBC News. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  4. "Hacker Charged with Breaching Multiple Government Computers and Stealing Thousands of Employee and Financial Records", 24 July 2014, FBI.gov
  5. "Lauri Love: Hacker claims extradition would 'result in a tragedy' – BBC News". BBC News. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  6. "Alleged Hacker Indicted In New Jersey For Data Breach Conspiracy Targeting Government Agency Networks – USAO-NJ – Department of Justice". justice.gov. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  7. "Hacker Charged with Breaching Multiple Government Computers and Stealing Thousands of Employee and Financial Records". fbi.gov. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  8. "U.K. Computer Hacker Charged In Manhattan Federal Court With Hacking Into Federal Reserve Computer System – USAO-SDNY – Department of Justice". justice.gov. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  9. "NCA's bid to get Lauri Love US hack case passwords thrown out – BBC News". bbc.com. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  10. McGoogan, Cara (27 June 2016). "A hacker's fight against extradition". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  11. "Autistic man accused of computer hacking could kill himself if extradited, court is warned". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  12. Bowcott, Owen (16 September 2016). "Computer activist Lauri Love loses appeal against US extradition". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  13. "Alleged hacker Lauri Love to be extradited to US". BBC News. 16 September 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  14. McGoogan, Cara (16 September 2016). "British hacker Lauri Love to be extradited to the US for 'accessing government computers'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  15. "Hacking suspect wins extradition appeal". BBC News. 5 February 2018. Retrieved 5 February 2018.