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Updated on: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 04:29 AM IST

Expert who stopped fast-spreading virus ‘WannaCrypt’ held in cyber fraud in US

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New York : Ironic as it may read but a cybersecurity researcher who was hailed as a hero after he discovered a ‘kill switch’ that put brakes on the fast-spreading ‘WannaCry” ransomware in May has been arrested in the US for cyber fraud.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested 23-year-old Briton Marcus Hutchins, who runs a security blog called MalwareTech, in Las Vegas for “his role in creating and distributing the Kronos banking trojan virus”, a Department of Justice spokesperson was quoted as saying in media reports late on Thursday.

According to a report in Los Angels Times, Hutchins is described as “having created, maintained and marketed the Kronos banking Trojan from July 2014 to July 2015”.

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The trojan virus stole credentials and personal information and put malicious code on victims’ computers. The Eastern District of Wisconsin returned a six-count indictment against Hutchins on July 12. It was unsealed at the time of his arrest.

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Published on: Saturday, August 05, 2017, 12:07 AM IST
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