WannaCry-thwarting hacker reportedly in US custody

French researchers released WanaKiwi to try to help WannaCry victims.

French researchers released WanaKiwi to try to help WannaCry victims.

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Marcus Hutchins, a hacker who helped stop the WannaCry ransomware[1] in May, is in US custody after being arrested in Las Vegas. The UK security researcher, was detained after leaving the Defcon security conference, ZDNet reported[2] on Thursday, citing multiple friends. It’s not clear why he was arrested.

The FBI didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The malicious WannaCray software spread to more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries[3], locking up machines’ data unless victims agreed to pay attackers[4].

Hutchins, aka @malwaretechblog[5], helped thwart the attack by finding a kill switch in the software.

References

  1. ^ WannaCry ransomware (www.cnet.com)
  2. ^ ZDNet reported (www.zdnet.com)
  3. ^ spread to more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries (www.cnet.com)
  4. ^ pay attackers (www.cnet.com)
  5. ^ @malwaretechblog (twitter.com)

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