“WannaCry” Destroyer Marcus Hutchins Arrested for “Kronos” Malware
From the latest reported news online, the man who helped destroyed the ransom ware attack “WannaCry” got arrested due to hacking issues as detailed from the released information from the courthouse.
They recognized the cyber security expert as Marcus Hutchins from UK.
According from the published online news, an expert of cyber security from the United Kingdom who helped destroy and shut down the ransom ware “WannaCry” few months ago got arrested due to hacking issues. The 23-year-old Marcus Hutchins is indicted on Thursday at the US District Courthouse in Wisconsin for the necessary filed charges.
Based on the reports, the young IT expert from the United Kingdom is accused of distributing, promoting and earning money from the “Kronos” malware. From the detailed included on the indictment case, he allegedly been doing such unlawful activity since 2014 (July) until 2015 (July) through the Alphabay market. The main focus of this cyber attack is to target different banks and collect money using illegal transactions.
The authorities were able to arrest Hutchins in Las Vegas during the Def Con hacking conference. He likewise bragged about living in a local mansion in a real estate tycoon and he rent luxurious vehicles to use them, when interviewed by The Outline.
“Marcus Hutchins … was arrested in the United States on August 2, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada, after a grand jury in the Eastern District of Wisconsin returned a six-count indictment against Hutchins for his role in creating and distributing the Kronos banking Trojan,” stated by Wyn Norhbuckle who is the Department Of Justice (DOJ) representative and quoted through The Independent.
According to the news reports online, they also recognized him as “MalwareTech” through his social media account and he successfully found a solution to disabled the “WannaCry” ransomware through his own “kill switch.”
During the “WannCry” virus attack, the hackers successfully infected almost 300,000 computers worldwide.
The “Kronos” malware issue is capable of sending email messages and then subsequently stealing passwords from the targeted banks through the infected personal computers. It has accessed different bank credentials from countries like France, Canada, United Kingdom, Poland and Germany, among others, as detailed by the Eastern District of Wisconsin US Attorney.
According to the Attorney of States, they classified or recognized this latest malware attack as a continuous threat to security and privacy.
As reported by rt.com, the FBI has detained the British computer expert already in Las Vegas on Wednesday and he will need to face the six counts of charges that include the following:
- Fraud and relevant activity in connection with computers
- Conspiracy to commit offense or defrauding the US
- Manufacture, distribution, possession and promoting of wire or communication intercepting devices prohibited
- Interception and disclosure of wire, oral, or electronic communications prohibited
“Cybercrime remains a top priority for the FBI,” said Justin Tolomeo as quoted by The Independent. “Cybercriminals cost our economy billions in loses each year. The FBI will continue to work with our partners, both domestic and international, to bring offenders to justice,” he added.
Tolomeo is the In-Charge Special Agent.
In line with this issue, the National Crime Agency of UK confirmed the detention of the young British IT expert in the US. However, the agency revealed his case is a matter for the US authorities.
To show his care to Hutchins, a founder of a cyber security firm named Andrew Mabbit is making an effort to find a lawyer for the 23-year-old detained British. He is actually one of the companions of Marcus in Las Vegas to attend the conference.
Mabbit believe that Hutchins is innocent and even posted on Thursday through his Twitter account that the guy had spent his career to stop malware and not writing it.
He is willing to gather fund for the legal fees of the arrested IT professional.