A British computer security researcher was once described as a "hero" after he helped prevent a devastating explosion of WannaCry ransomware and was later charged with creating malware to attack the banking system. Hutchins admitted Friday that he is not unfairly accusing the United States of these criminal acts.
Marcus Hutchins, who was arrested 2017 by surprise at the computer security community, admitted his guilt in criminal activities linked to 2014 and 2015.
"I'm sorry for these actions and I accept full responsibility for my mistakes," said 24 Hutchins, nicknamed "MalwareTech," noting that the charges concerned his activity before his job in security.
"Having grown up, I now use my skills in hacking for constructive purposes. I will continue to dedicate my time to keeping people safe from attacks malware«.
Hutchins, 2017, found a "switch" to prevent the spread of WannaCry's ransomware explosion, with the media calling him a hero.
A few months later he was arrested following his involvement in the Def Con (hacker concentration) in Las Vegas.
The case sparked waves of debate from critics who argued that researchers often work with computer code that can be deployed for malicious purposes.
The category was analyzed as follows: The authorities accused Hutchins and another person of having built and distributed Kronos' banking trojan, a malware designed to steal user names and passwords used on online banking sites.
According to the indictment, Hutchins was part of a conspiracy to distribute the hacking tool to so-called dark markets.
He was released with a warranty while waiting for his trial to take place, allowing him to continue working for a security firm. He maintained his innocence and won the support of many others in his profession.
Prosecutors of USA did not answer a question about the case. However, the court documents published by ZDNet showed that Hutchins could face up to one year in prison for each of the criminal cases together with financial sanctions.