Brit who stopped WannaCry ransomware that targeted the NHS detained by FBI in the US
A British computer wizard who put a stop to the WannaCry ransomware virus that caused chaos around the world has been detained in the US.
Marcus Hutchins, 23, became an ‘accidental hero’ after halting the global spread of the unprecedented attack.
It was unclear why he was detained by the FBI at Las Vegas’ airport or what, if any, charges he is facing.
He had been in Las Vegas during the Black Hat and Def Con hacking conventions, and his current whereabouts are unknown.
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An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment and referred a reporter to the US Department of Justice.
A concerned friend told Motherboard that Hutchins had been booked at the Henderson Detention Center in Nevada following his arrest on Wednesday afternoon.
He was later confirmed to be at the FBI’s field office in Las Vegas on Thursday.
Hutchins was arrested at Las Vegas’ McCarran airport as he prepared to board a flight.
A friend, who also works in the cyber security industry, was attending the Def Con event with Hutchins.
The friend said: “He was detained at McCarran airport yesterday [Wednesday] . He checked into his flight and I think he was sitting in the Virgin upper class lounge.