Marcus Hutchins – Discovers Killswitch for WannaCry, Gets Arrested by the FBI
WannaCry Hero Who Stopped the Global Cyber Attack – Arrested?
Marcus Hutchins who was responsible for stopping WannaCry from its global cyber attack, was found to be a wanted individual and by wanted I mean by the FBI of course.
Marcus who is 23, hailed as a hero for saving the NHS from cyber criminals, was at a hacking conference in Las Vegas when he was arrested by the FBI.
In an indictment that was released by the US Department of Justice it was revealed that dear old Marcus faces at least 6 counts of helping to create, spread and maintain the banking Trojan Kronos between 2014 and 2015.
The banking Trojan Kronos was spread through emails that contained malicious attachments which victims would click on and install onto the user’s computer, once installed it allowed thieves to steal money using credentials such as internet banking passwords.
In the 8 page indictment that was filed in Wisconsin, a U.S. Attorney accuses Marcus of creating the app and at least one unnamed other person of conspiring to sell the app on AlphaBay, an underground website that was seized by law enforcement in early July.
That “other” person? Well they have yet to be named.
The indictment also happens to charge Marcus and the mystery co-defendant with using a device to intercept communications in violation of the Wiretap Act.
It does not however, specify the nature of the device, but recent court cases suggest utilizing such a “device” can also refer to software and apps.
After having discovered the “killswitch” for WannaCry Marcus did attempt to keep a low profile and stay out of the media spotlight and as it turns out, for good reason.
And as for the mystery co-defendant? Well everyone is wondering why the FBI has made the decision to redact that individual’s name from the indictment, the only real good reason they would have were if that individual were actually cooperating with them.
As for Marcus, well he should have stayed out of the whole WannaCry situation but even sometimes cybercriminals are super competitive and perhaps he wanted to one up those behind WannaCry.
Of course, being that he may have been behind the banking Trojan Kronos, his playing around and actually finding the killswitch to WannaCry would cause concern for the FBI, while he may have released the info about discovering the killswtich, he might have found something else that, for him would have been more of a benefit to aid in committing future cybercrimes.
Cristal M Clark