Cyber expert credited with stopping ‘WannaCry’ attack admits malware charges

British cybersecurity researcher Marcus Hutchins, recognized as a hero for neutralizing the global "WannaCry" attack in 2011, pleaded guilty to US accusations. US To write malware.

A British cybersecurity researcher said a hero had neutralized the "WannaCry" ransomware attack in the world in 2017 and pleaded guilty to US accusations of writing malware.

Marcus Hutchins, charged with 10 counts in the United States, pleaded guilty to two of them. The United States Government has agreed to relinquish the other charges at the time of sentencing, according to a document filed with the Court. District of the United States. Eastern District of Wisconsin.

"I pleaded guilty to two counts of writing malware in the years before my career in the security industry," said Hutchins, also known online as MalwareTech. a statement. He did not give details.

Hutchins gained an overnight reputation in the hacker community in May 2017 when he helped attack the "WannaCry" ransomware attack, which infected hundreds of thousands of computers and caused disruption in the factories , hospitals and stores. and schools in more than 150 countries.

He was arrested later that year in Las Vegas on unrelated charges of building and selling malicious code used to steal bank credentials. US prosecutors said he and a co-accused had made known, distributed and exploited the malicious code known as "Kronos" between July 2014 and 2015.

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