Hacker Who Helped Stop Global Cyberattack Arrested in the United States

Marcus Hutchins helped derail the WannaCry ransomware attack in May, but now he is accused of creating malware of his own.

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Marcus Hutchins, a young British researcher credited with derailing a global cyberattack in May, was arrested for allegedly creating and distributing malicious software designed to collect bank-account passwords, U.S. authorities said Thursday. News of Hutchins’ detention came as a shock to the cybersecurity community. Many had rallied behind the researcher whose quick thinking helped control the spread of the WannaCry ransomware attack that crippled thousands of computers. Hutchins was detained in Las Vegas on his way back to Britain…

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