Briton who stopped WannaCry attack arrested over separate malware claims

Briton who stopped WannaCry attack arrested over separate malware claims

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Marcus Hutchins arrested over his alleged role in creating Kronos malware targeting bank accounts Marcus Hutchins at his workstation in Ilfracombe, England. He was arrested in Las Vegas after attending an annual hacking conference. Photograph: Frank Augstein/AP Marcus Hutchins, the 23-year-old British security researcher who was credited with stopping the WannaCry outbreak in its tracks by discovering a hidden “kill switch” for the malware, has been arrested by the FBI over his alleged involvement in separate malicious software targeting bank accounts. According to an indictment released by the US Department of Justice on Thursday, Hutchins is accused of having helped to create, spread and maintain the banking trojan Kronos between 2014 and 2015. The Kronos malware was spread through emails with malicious attachments such as compromised Microsoft Word documents, and…
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