SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) The person who helped authorities stop the “WannaCry” attack has been arrested. To talk more on the virus attack and the arrest made, cyber security expert Robert Jorgensen from UVU joined Good Morning Utah with Brian Carlson.
Last week, after the DEF CON hacking conference, there was a high profile arrest in Las Vegas.
The person arrested was a British citizen named Marcus Hutchins, also known as MalwareTech. He came to prominence earlier this spring as the person who stopped the WannaCry malware by discovering and purchasing the domain name that stopped WannaCry from propagating.
This was the first major malware that used code from the “Vault7” leak, allegedly part of the CIA toolkit. It affected thousands of machines before it was stopped by Hutchins, who was hailed as a hero.
His arrest was not directly connected to WannaCry. He had been fairly anonymous before reporters tracked him down after stopping WannaCry. They had released his name and some other information. This arrest, however, was on charges of creating and a conspiracy to distribute a banking trojan named Kronos that steals financial information.
It was fairly light on details. There is a co-defendent named, but that part of the indictment is still sealed. Hutchins was charged on six counts of creating malware in the 2014-2015 timeframe.