Slayer of WCry worm charged with creating unrelated banking malware

Enlarge / Hutchins in his office. (credit: Frank Augstein / AP)

Marcus Hutchins, the 23-year-old security professional who accidentally stopped the spread of the virulent WCry ransomware worm in May, has been named in a federal indictment that alleges he was part of a conspiracy that created and distributed a piece of unrelated malware that steals banking credentials from unsuspecting computer users.

According to the eight-page indictment, the conspiracy involved Hutchins and two other individuals whose names still have not been made public. After Hutchins allegedly created the banking trojan dubbed “Kronos,” a video circulated in July 2014 on a publicly available website that demonstrated how the malware worked. A month later, one of the unnamed co-conspirators put the malware up for sale at a price of $3,000. Hutchins and one of the co-conspirators allegedly updated Kronos around February 2015.

A resident and citizen of the UK, Hutchins was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit computer fraud, three counts of distributing and advertising an electronic communication interception device, one count of endeavoring to intercept electronic communications, and one count of attempting to access a computer without authorization.

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