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Alleged British hacker to be extradited to US

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A U.K. court on Friday ruled that computer activist and hacker Lauri Love would be extradited to the U.S. on charges of hacking government and military computer systems.

Love faces a 99-year prison sentence in the U.S. for allegedly breaking into computer systems for NASA, the FBI, Federal Reserve and other institutions.

{mosads}He has 14 days to appeal the decision and plans to do so, according to The Guardian.

Love and those close to him are expressing concerns about a possible prison sentence because of his health issues.

Love has Asperger’s syndrome, and his family has said he would commit suicide if extradited.

“What worries us most is that my son has stated emphatically that he will kill himself if he gets extradited to America,” his father, Alexander Love, told a Scottish newspaper in June.

“Lauri has very severe and very well-documented mental health issues,” his lawyer has said. “In the U.S., when you’re on suicide watch, they put you into solitary confinement.”

Love was first arrested in 2013 and wasn’t charged until 2015 when a British police extradition unit arrested him on behalf of the U.S.

The U.S. government is pursuing charges against Love for his involvement in #OpLastResort, an Anonymous-affiliated hack of several U.S. government and military institutions. Love and others allegedly stole and then published personal data.

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