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Marcus Hutchins, British Cybersecurity Expert, Expected in Court

Marcus Hutchins, British Cybersecurity Expert, Expected in Court

This Monday, May 15, 2017, file photo shows British IT expert Marcus Hutchins, branded a hero for slowing down the WannaCry global cyberattack, during an interview in Ilfracombe, England. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

Monday, 14 August 2017 10:22 AM

Marcus Hutchins, a British cybersecurity researcher credited with helping curb a recent worldwide ransomware attack, is expected in court to hear federal charges accusing him of creating malicious software to steal banking information in 2014.

Hutchins could enter a plea during Monday's hearing in Wisconsin federal court. Prosecutors have charged him and an unnamed co-defendant with conspiring to commit computer fraud in the state and elsewhere. Authorities arrested the 23-year-old man on Aug. 2 in the Las Vegas airport on his way home to Ilfracombe, England, after a cybersecurity convention.

The legal troubles Hutchins faces are a dramatic turnaround from the status of cybercrime-fighting hero he enjoyed four months ago when he found a "kill switch" that slowed the outbreak of WannaCry virus.

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Marcus Hutchins, a British cybersecurity researcher credited with helping curb a recent worldwide ransomware attack, is expected in court to hear federal charges accusing him of creating malicious software to steal banking information in 2014.
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