FBI Arrest Researcher Who Stopped Wannacry Ramsomware

The 22-year-old British security researcher who gained fame for discovering the “kill switch” that stopped the outbreak of the Wannacry ransomware has been reportedly been arrested in the United States after attending the Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas.

Marcus Hutchins became famous over two months ago when the WannaCry ransomware began hitting businesses, organisations and individuals across the world, and he accidentally halted its global spread by registering a domain name hidden in the malware. He operates under the alias MalwareTech on Twitter

The domain as mentioned above was responsible for keeping WannaCry ransomware propagating and spreading like a worm, and if the connection to this domain fails, the SMB worm proceeds to infect the system.

Fortunately, Hutchins registered this domain in question and created a sinkhole–tactic researchers use to redirect traffic from the infected machines to a self-controlled system.

Andrew Mabbitt, Hutchins’s friend has confirmed that he has currently been detained at FBI’s field office in Las Vegas. His friend is also asking for some legal help.

 

Post Author: Churchill Aribodor

Churchill Aribodor is a cyberseurity and management systems expert. He is passionate about cybersecurity and devotes a lot of time raising awareness on secure cyberspace for the good of all. He has consulted, audited and trained professionals in this area. He is a rounded ICT thought leader covering people, process and technology. He can be reached through arihills@hotmail.com

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