Cyber hero under arrest
MARCUS Hutchins, a young British researcher credited with derailing a global cyberattack in May, has been arrested for allegedly creating and distributing malicious software designed to collect bank- account passwords, US authorities said yesterday.
News of Hutchins’ detention came as a shock to the cybersecurity community.
Many had rallied behind the researcher whose quick thinking helped control the spread of the WannaCry ransomware attack that crippled thousands of computers.
The 22- year- old was detained in Las Vegas on his way back to Britain from an annual gathering of hackers and information security gurus.
A grand jury indictment charged Hutchins( pictured)with creating and distributing malware known as the Kronos banking Trojan.
The indictment, filed in a Wisconsin federal court last month, alleges Hutchins and another defendant conspired between July 2014 and July 2015 to advertise the availability of the Kronos malware, sell it and profit from it. The indictment also accuses Hutchins of creating the malware.
Jake Williams, a respected cybersecurity researcher, said he found it difficult to believe Hutchins was guilty.