Marcus Hutchins Pleads Not Guilty to Charges Related to Kronos Malware
Cybersecurity researcher Marcus Hutchins pleaded not guilty in federal court to charges relating to creating and selling banking malware called Kronos. Some in the security community think the FBI may have confused legitimate research activities with criminal behavior.
“He’s refuting the allegations; he’s pleading not guilty,” Hutchins’ attorney, Adrian Lobo said on Friday outside the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse in Las Vegas.
A six-count indictment filed in Wisconsin federal court on July 11 charged Hutchins and an unnamed defendant with creating, distributing and profiting from the Kronos banking Trojan between July 2014 and July 2015.
Some in the security community think the FBI may have confused his legitimate research activities with criminal behavior.
Hutchins, who also uses the online handle MalwareTech, was already catapulted into the limelight in May, after he spent $10 to register a domain name he’d spotted in the code for the WannaCry malware. By doing so, he defused the global malware outbreak, and reluctantly accepted the moniker of “accidental hero.” But according to experts’ conservative estimates, Hutchins’ actions prevented tens of millions of PCs from being cryptolocked and averted a potential disaster for Britain’s National Health Service, amongst others.