The stopper of WannaCry malware attack is now under federal arrest alleged of developing software to target banking sector.
Marcus Hutchins currently is an employee of security firm Kryptos Logic in Los Angeles and was highly praised earlier this year in May for slowing down the spread of ransomware called WannaCry, which was a high level malware that locked files on computers around the world asking for money in Bitcoins to decrypt the system.
According to FBI, the 22-year-old had malicious intent at one point in his career. In recent indictment he has been described as have created, maintained and marketed the Kronos banking Trojan between July 2014 and July 2015.
The trojan program was widely distributed through emails in the form of document attachments and it monitors online browsing of consumers leading to fraudulent websites designed to look similar to banking services.
It is learned the Kronos even evaded latest versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browsers as well as antivirus software.
The software expert now is facing six counts related to malware distribution that includes conspiracy in committing computer fraud.
He was arrested on Wednesday at the airport while leaving for Las Vegas from the site of Defcon, one of the biggest conferences of computer security industry.
The initial appearance of Hutchins in a U.S. District Court in Las Vegas is scheduled for Friday afternoon.
However, defender of Hutchins argue the federal may have misinterpreted the role of his clients in the making of a software.