Gary McKinnon launches 'ethical' SEO business

Gary McKinnon, the Briton accused of “the biggest military computer hack of all time”, has launched his own IT business, offering his expertise to clients for £40 an hour.

Specialising in SEO, the business comes less than two years after Theresa May, the home secretary, blocked a US extradition warrant to jail him in America for hacking in 2001.

His business, Small SEO, does not mention he allegedly hacked 90 American military PCs, including those at NASA and the Pentagon; it just says its owner has “over 20 years experience in IT.”

It also fails to mention the ban from working on computers that he was under while he was on bail amid the extradition saga, but he this week confirmed to the BBC that it has been lifted.

Cue the four customers that Small SEO has already won, according to the businesses’ ‘Clients’ page, among them a “respected” law firm and a “glamorous hair salon.”  

They may have opted for Mr McKinnon’s six-tier SEO package (costing £240) which, so far at least, has apparently ensured all his customers’ websites have “reached the first page of Google search results.”

His online pitch continues: “The increase in traffic to your website and sales from that traffic is a great return on a small investment.

“I guarantee that I stick to the guidelines set by the major search engines. I don't use techniques that result in your website falling out of favour, and this ensures your long-term, high-quality ranking”.

Such assurance about his ethics on his site, which features a photograph of himself, is accompanied by an attempt to set his offering apart from the existing crowd of SEO providers.

“A lot of companies offer a low cost package, but when you look into the details, you see that they have plans or grades,” Small SEO says.

“The low price they ask is based on their basic plan, which usually has just a few keywords and not much more than that. Our service is comprised of core components as well as enhancements usually only found in more expensive packages, like our generous 25 keywords per website and a client control-panel that is updated bi-hourly.”

'Solo,' as Mr McKinnon was formerly known online, will be hoping that the public support he eventually received in his bid to avoid extradition remains, and not just among IT workers.

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Written by Simon Moore

Simon writes impartial news and engaging features for the contractor industry, covering, IR35, the loan charge and general tax and legislation.
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