So Marcus Hutchins, the security researcher who was jailed for for selling the kronos banking malware and also the developer of another malware called UPAS kit, has finally been sentenced to supervised release for a year for his effort in stopping the Wanacry ransomware that struck us all in 2017. 😮😯
According to the Judge, Hutchins was a really talented fellow but had no insight on what to do with that talent. Hutchins who was known then by his online handle @MalwareTech, also admitted saying that he had done some really terrible things in his teens and that he was deeply sorry for all the damage he caused.😢
When Hutchins was first indicted he denied the allegations saying he never did any of all the charges placed against him. But the prosecutors filed a superseding indictment, he had no other choice but to come clean and pleaded guilty.
Initially he was placed to spend 10 years in prison and pay a fine of $500,000, but now after his heroic act during the Wannacry period he might just be getting out sooner than expected.
Wannacry was one malware that caused a whole lot of damage infecting thousands of computers and knocking them offline while also placing a ransomware on them.(classic
Hutchins stopped the malware by registering a domain which he used as a kill switch for the malware, he also said that this was one of the most stressful and exhausting moments in his life.
He has received some accolade from respected bodies and organizations who have also joined to plead for the court to grant Hutchins clemency.
Although his release has not been made official yet, but we should be seeing it happen soon.