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Cyber Threat Analysis Report Volume 1, Edition 6

WannaCry ‘Hero’ Marcus Hutchins Pleads Guilty to Creating Malware

British cybersecurity researcher Marcus Hutchins, known for his actions that helped stop the WannaCry ransomware attack, admitted in a U.S. court to aiding in the development and distribution of a banking Trojan. Known online as MalwareTech, Hutchins was called a “hero” after stopping the WannaCry ransomware attack in May 2017 by registering a domain that acted as a kill switch for the malware.

Find me an amazing whitehat of a certain age, and I’ll find a blackhat in their closet. That’s not as common a situation today as it used to be, and it’s certainly not a requirement to be a good practitioner, but a lot of people in this business are muttering under their breath, ‘there but for the grace of God…’. We were all kids. We all did stupid stuff. A life trajectory that plots a course into the light is worth special consideration, because if we banned anyone who had a shaded past from working in this business, there wouldn’t be many left.

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Michael Tanji

Michael Tanji

Michael Tanji spent nearly 20 years in the US intelligence community. Trained in both SIGINT and HUMINT disciplines he has worked at the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, and the National Reconnaissance Office. At various points in his career he served as an expert in information warfare, computer network operations, computer forensics, and indications and warning. A veteran of the US Army, Michael has served in both strategic and tactical assignments in the Pacific Theater, the Balkans, and the Middle East.