Lauri Love, 28, is facing 10 years in a US jail after being described by prosecutors as a "sophisticated and prolific computer hacker" who allegedly broke into US army and Nasa networks in an attempt to steal confidential data.
The charges against Love have drawn comparison with McKinnon, whowon his decade-long battle against extradition last year after being accused of hacking US government agencies. McKinnon's mother, Janis Sharp, on Tuesday accused US authorities of targeting "young British geeks" and urged Love's family to fight any extradition attempts from Washington.
"They are just young geeks sitting in their bedrooms; they're not murderers, they're not terrorists, they're not selling secrets, they're just searching for information," said Sharp. "Being taken away from your country is a sentence and it is not [in line with the principle of] innocent until proven guilty. Extradition was meant for terrorists, not some young British geek in his bedroom in Suffolk."
US authorities have declined to confirm or deny that they would seek to extradite Love, whom they accuse of hacking several US military networks in a criminal indictment filed in a New Jersey court.