FBI arrests man hailed for helping to shut down cyberattack

LOS ANGELES (dpa) - Marcus Hutchins, the cyber security researcher credited with helping to stop the global WannaCry ransomware attack in May, has been arrested on unrelated hacking charges in the US, according to court documents released Thursday.
Hutchins, who is a British citizen, was detained Wednesday in Las Vegas, Nevada, for his role in creating and distributing the Kronos banking trojan, the document said.

He was charged with conspiracy to commit computer fraud, attempting to access a computer without authorization and distributing an electronic communication deception device.
The Kronos banking trojan was allegedly created and distributed between July 2014 and July 2015.
The computer expert was hailed a hero for helping to shut down the crippling WannaCry cyberattack after discovering a so-called "kill switch" that slowed the effects of the virus, according to multiple reports.
More than 300,000 computers in 150 countries were infected with the WannaCry ransomware virus.

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