WannaCry hero Marcus Hutchins will avoid prison in banking malware case

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The security researcher responsible for stopping the devastating WannaCry ransomware hack in 2017 avoided prison for charges related to creating banking malware, according to multiple reports.

Marcus Hutchins became a hero in the digital security community when he discovered a “kill switch” to curb the spread of the WannaCry ransomware, which spread around the globe. But soon after, his fortunes changed dramatically, when he was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecutors accused him of developing malware used to steal banking credentials.

In April, Hutchins pleaded guilty to two charges related to the creation of the malware, called Kronos, as prosecutors agreed to drop…

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