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Marcus Hutchins, also known online as MalwareTech, is a British computer security researcher known for temporarily stopping the WannaCry ransomware attack.[1][2] He is employed by cybersecurity firm Kryptos Logic.[3][4]

On 2 August 2017, Hutchins was arrested in the United States for allegedly creating a banking malware known as Kronos. He denied any wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty to the charges against him on 4 August 2017.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][excessive citations] Hutchins has a court date in Milwaukee on August 8, 2017, postponed for August 14, 2017, and he was released from the Las Vegas jail. [14][15]

Peter Heaton-Jones, the MP for North Devon, asked the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to provide consular assistance to Hutchins.[16]

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  1. ^ Gibbs, Samuel (22 May 2017). "WannaCry hackers still trying to revive attack says accidental hero". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 6 August 2017. 
  2. ^ Weise, Elizabeth. "His life got weird after saving the Internet: ransomware hero Marcus Hutchins". USA TODAY. Retrieved 6 August 2017. 
  3. ^ Cox, Joseph. "Researcher Who Stopped WannaCry Ransomware Detained in US After Def Con". Motherboard. Retrieved 6 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "Bail of $30,000 set for UK cyber expert Marcus Hutchins". BBC News. 5 August 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017. 
  5. ^ Hern, Alex; Levin, Sam (3 August 2017). "Briton who stopped WannaCry attack arrested over separate malware claims". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 6 August 2017. 
  6. ^ Shugerman, Emily (3 August 2017). "British computer expert Marcus Hutchins who helped stop the cyber attack that hit the NHS is arrested by FBI". The Independent. Retrieved 6 August 2017. 
  7. ^ "Judge sets $30,000 bail for cyber expert accused in malware case". NBC News. Retrieved 6 August 2017. 
  8. ^ Roberts, Jeff John. "Is Marcus Hutchins a Good Guy or Bad Guy?". Fortune. Retrieved 6 August 2017. 
  9. ^ Price, Rob. "The 'hero' hacker who stopped WannaCry was accused of creating the 'Kronos' malware — here's what it is". Business Insider. Retrieved 6 August 2017. 
  10. ^ Thomson, Iain. "WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty to malware claims". The Register. Retrieved 6 August 2017. 
  11. ^ Parker, Mike (6 August 2017). "NHS cyber attack hero faces jail after allegedly inventing software to hack bank accounts". Retrieved 6 August 2017. 
  12. ^ Burgess, Sanya. "Bail of $30,000 set for UK cyber expert Marcus Hutchins". The National. Retrieved 6 August 2017. 
  13. ^ Garcia Cano, Regina; O'Brien, Matt; Bajak, Frank. "Judge sets $30K bail for UK researcher in malware case". ABC News. Retrieved 6 August 2017. 
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  16. ^ Ram, Aliya (5 August 2017). "British cyber security researcher appears in US court". Financial Times. Retrieved 6 August 2017.