NHS hack hero pleads guilty to cyber crime charges in US

The British hacker who helped stop the ransomware attack on the NHS has pleaded guilty to criminal charges in the US, according to court documents.

Marcus Hutchins, who is also known as Malwaretech, said he had admitted two charges relating to writing malware.

The cyber expert was hailed as a hero in May 2017 when he found a “kill-switch” that slowed the effects of the WannaCry virus that hit more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries.

Hutchins was arrested by FBI agents in a first-class lounge at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas as he waited to board a flight back to the UK in August 2017.

Marcus Hutchins (R) the British cyber security expert accused of creating and selling malware that steals banking passwords arrives with his lawyers Marcia Homann (L) and Brian Klein (R) at US Federal Courthouse on August 14, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. / AFP PHOTO / Joshua Lott (Photo credit should read JOSHUA LOTT/AFP/Getty Images)
Image: Hutchins (R) was arrested by FBI agents in August 2017

Documents from a court in Wisconsin say Hutchins helped create and sell “malicious computer code” known as Kronos.

It said: “The malware was designed to target banking information and to work on many types of web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome.

“Since 2014, Kronos has been used to infect numerous computers around the world and steal banking information.”

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In a statement on his website, Hutchins wrote: “I regret these actions and accept full responsibility for my mistakes.

“Having grown up, I’ve since been using the same skills that I misused several years ago for constructive purposes.

“I will continue to devote my time to keeping people safe from malware attacks.”

Source: SKY NEWS

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