A British cyber security expert named Marcus Hutchings aka “malwaretech” has been arrested and detained in USA. Marcus was previously in worldwide news due to his actions of stopping a worldwide ransomware known as Wannacry.
Lauri Love http://freelauri.com released a decrypted WannaCry code, Marcus Hutchings helped stop the spread of WannaCry as registered a domain name which was shown in the decrypted code. Hutchings actions of registering the domain name was instrumental in stopping the spread of Wannacry ransomware, it essentially acted as a kill switch.
Hutchins was arrested for allegedly helping to create the Kronos Banking malware. Comment from
Marcus had made a request for anything related to Kronos in order to help prevent the Kronos malware. Why would he make such a request if he was helping write the malware?
Court paperwork: pdf to be embedded here soon
The British National Cyber Security Centre is aware of this arrest.
Out of respect for Marcus this site will not post the now public images of him due to him stating a few weeks ago that he didn’t realise just how horrible his 5 minutes of fame would cause, with media outside his home and being recognised.
#opfreeanons objective is to help those who are persecuted under computer laws in respect of their actions. Many cyber security experts are being unjustly persecuted. We will try and assist Marcus. Please help us fight this injustice.
It is confirmed that Marcus was arrested by FBI as assumed above, he is now is Las Vegas FBI detention. 3rd August, 2017.
Courage is very concerned about the FBI’s arrest of MalwareTech as he was boarding his plane to leave the United States after attending Defcon. In May this year, WannaCry malware closed hospitals in the UK, becoming the first ransomware attack to represent an actual threat to life. In halting the spread of WannaCry before the US woke up, MalwareTech did the world an enormous service – and to American businesses in particular.
No information was released about MalwareTech’s arrest for 24 hours after it happened. He has still not been able to speak to his family or legal representation. As testimony given in Lauri Love’s extradition case last year showed, the US treats hackers far worse than other countries do, with much longer prison sentences, a dearth of vital health care and rampant solitary confinement.Security research in the public interest needs to be properly recognised and we will be watching this case closely.
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August 3rd 2017, Marcus has been located, as assumed it is FBI detention.