FBI Arrests WannaCry Hero Marcus Hutchins over Malware Claims

San Francisco: A young cyber expert, who stopped the WannaCry global cyber attack has been arrested in the US for allegedly conspiring to advertise and sell a malicious software that targeted bank accounts, reported The Telegraph.

Marcus Hutchins, 23, who saved the NHS from cyber criminals, was at a hacking conference in Las Vegas when he was arrested by the FBI.

An indictment released by the US Department of Justice revealed that he faces six counts of helping to create, spread and maintain the banking Trojan Kronos between 2014 and 2015.

According to the indictment, the alleged offences took place between July 2014 and July 2015. Hutchins was jointly charged with another individual who was not named.

The indictment alleged that Hutchins “created the Kronos malware” and the other person later sold it for $2,000 online.

The Kronos malware was spread through emails with malicious attachments and allowed users steal money using credentials such as internet banking passwords.

The allegations are unrelated to the WannaCry attack he was credited with halting, according to a US official. The security expert, from Devon, was hailed a hero in May when he discovered a “kill switch” for the WannaCry ransomware, which spread to hundreds of thousands of computers across 150 countries.

Among the victims were dozens of NHS Trusts, which were forced to delay operations and turn people away.