Hacker who stopped the spread of WannaCry Ransomware arrested by the FBI


 Killer of the WannaCry ransomware has been arrested by the FBI in the U.S. for allegedly creating a banking malware that steals password and user credentials.

 The hacker, Marcus Hutchins who owns the twitter handle, MalwareTech was arrested this week in Nevada where he was about to board a plane back to the UK after attending the Black Hat and Def Con conference. The FBI who have been on Hutchins trail for the past two years, arrested him for his alleged role in the spread of the Kronos banking malware which wrecked havoc between July 2014 and July 2015.

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 According to an indicting PDF, Hutchins and an unknown conspirator created and distributed the trojan on the now shuttered AlphaBay marketplace. The Kronos was mostly distributed using phishing emails and would lead unsuspecting computers users to fraudulent websites that was designed to look legit like real banking institutions. This trojan would then steal the victims bank credentials.

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