British researcher who found the WannaCry kill switch has been arrested by the FBI


Marcus Hutchins, a British national, was arrested earlier today by the FBI as he was about to board a flight back to the United Kingdom after attending the DEF CON hacking conference in Las Vegas.

Hutchins was instrumental in helping alleviate the spread of the devastating WannaCry ransomware attack earlier this year. However, despite earlier speculation that the arrest may have had something to do WannaCry, the Justice Department has now confirmed that Hutchins has been detained in relation to his alleged involvement in the creation of the Kronos banking Trojan.

After his arrest, Hutchins was transferred to a federal holding facility in Nevada and is now being held at the FBI's field office in Las Vegas.

The British authorities are also aware of the arrest and the UK consulate in New York has confirmed they are "in touch with local authorities in Las Vegas" regarding the matter. The British National Cyber Security Center also confirmed they were aware of the arrest but refused to provide further comment.

A friend, Andrew Mabbitt, is currently looking to obtain legal representation for Hutchins via a crowdfunding campaign.

Source: ZDNet, Engadget

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