Cy­ber hero un­der ar­rest

Townsville Bulletin - - WORLD -

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.

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