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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