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US authorities are seeking the extradition of an unnamed UK cracker who broke into an estimated 100 unclassified US military systems over the past year, according to reports.

officials have declined to name the suspected perp, but its is believed charges will be filed against him (or her) northern Virginia and New Jersey as early as today, Associated Press reports. The US will seek this person's extradition from Britain to face these charges.

Army and Navy investigators have been on the trail of the cracker, regarded as a committed, as opposed to "recreational" miscreant, for over a year. But why they're talking about this investigation now - apparently prior to an arrest?

Although no networks containing classified information were compromised, the authorities view the repeated attacks as very serious and have expended huge effort to find the suspected culprit.

US authorities are believed to be seeking extradition, rather than a trial in the UK, due to the previous collapse of high profile prosecutions here involving alleged attacks on US military systems. ®

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