Cyber Hero Incarcerated for Malware Creation

Cyber Hero or Malware Villian?

Update 8/15/2017: Marcus Hutchins plead not guity on all alleged charges yesterday.  Hutchins is scheduled for court in October.  While awaiting his court date, he will remain on house arrest in the United States.  All of Hutchins computers will be returned to him, so he can regain access to the internet and have the ability to work while staying in the U.S.  

Update 8/10/2017: Marcus Hutchins has been released on a $30,000 bail.  Upon his release, he was forced to forfeit his passport to federal officials, as well as all devices that had internet access.  According to U.S. News, Hutchins will remain on house arrest at a federal halfway house in Las Vegas, Nevada until his arraignment date draws closer.  Hutchins is scheduled for arraignment in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 14, 2017. 

Marcus Hutchins, the man responsible for finding the kill switch to the first global ransomware attack, WannaCry, has been arrested for suspected malware creation.  The Department of Justice filed a six-count indictment on Hutchins, while he was in Las Vegas for a cyber security conference.  The DOJ reported they have been investigating the creation of banking malware, Kronos, for two years.  The investigation led them to Hutchins, as a primary suspect.

Many individuals are finding the arrest implausible.  According to NPR, Andrew Mabbit, founder of cyber firm Fidus Information Security, said on Twitter that he was trying to find Hutchins a lawyer and would soon be crowdfunding cash for his legal representation.

The alleged crime took place from 2014 to 2015.  Therefore, isn’t it possible Hutchins had a guilty conscience and just recently changed his ways?  Or has he always been a good guy?  Time, and the courts will soon tell.

If you have any thoughts, feel free to drop a comment below!

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6 thoughts on “Cyber Hero Incarcerated for Malware Creation

  1. I’m guessing that a large number of hackers eventually have needs of real jobs and turn to Internet Security is missing from most people’s limited vision. After all, they’ve made movies about teenagers who were hackers but they get caught or are in danger of being caught and turn over a new leaf. In reality, those who hacked know the ins and outs of hacking; the hard part is trusting that they remain on the side of good. Sadly, the bad side often pays better.

  2. I believe in what RONALD MYERS says above about possible execution. It would stop the fears of him passing his knowledge or programs onto others making deals with him while in prison to look after him or whatever he wants, whether it’s retaliation or supporting viscous criminals in their activities like supporting terrorism, warfare and the likes that take money to support their efforts. He can still be a threat from prison to any people, companies or countries.

  3. Leopards don’t generally change their spots. Most likely he is trying to appear as a hero so he will not be suspected of his past, but it caught up with him anyhow.

  4. Interesting scenario – and one that I’ll be curious to see the outcome of. On the one hand, saves many from further damage from WannaCry and on the other hand, allegedly created banking malware? What kind of mind does both things? Either way, he’s brilliant and talented and I’ll hope that there’s an error in his being arrested. Thanks for the news!

  5. If this man is truly responsibly he should be locked up for a very long time perhaps even executed to set an example to future bad actors. Severe? Yes but this shit needs to stop.

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