WannaCry Savior, Marcus Hutchins Arrested For Separate Malware Crimes

Marcus Hutchins, a 23 years old UK based security researcher who stopped the spreading of the WannaCry virus has apparently charged with a separate malware crime that alleges a “banking malware” written by Hutchins to steal user data.

This news came after Hutchins was detained by the FBI in Las Vegas shortly after his visit in DefCon security conference. According to the indictment, it claims that Hutchins and two others wrote a malware dubbed “Kronos” amnd was made publicly July 2014 which aims to steal user credentials from their computers.

A report from Motherboard that Thursday morning Hutchins was being held at the Henderson Detention Center. “We still don’t know why Marcus has been arrested and now we have no idea where in the US he’s been taken to and we’re extremely concerned for his welfare,” a friend said.

Before the arrest Hutchins was arrested, he was known as the “savior” of the infamous WannaCry virus that effected major organisations in more than 150 countries using a kill switch found on Windows that locks up computer and demands for $300 ransom in bitcoin.


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