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The British cyber-security researcher who was praised for stalling the worldwide WannaCry cyber-attack has been arrested in Las Vegas.
Marcus Hutchins... a citizen and resident of the United Kingdom, was arrested in the United States on 2 August, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada, after a grand jury in the Eastern District of Wisconsin returned a six-count indictment against Hutchins for his role in creating and distributing the Kronos banking Trojan," the US Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a statement.
"The charges against Hutchins, and for which he was arrested, relate to alleged conduct that occurred between in or around July 2014 and July 2015."
Kronos is malware that is designed to steal banking login and other financial data from infected computers.
Another expert in computer crime, Orin Kerr from George Washington University law school, also took aim at the charges. Kerr said it's unusual, and problematic, for prosecutors to go after someone simply for writing or selling malware—as opposed to using it to further a crime.
"The indictment is pretty bare bones, and we don't have all the facts or even what the government thinks are the facts," Kerr wrote in an opinion piece in the Washington Post. "So while we can't say that this indictment is clearly an overreach, we can say that the government is pushing the envelope in some ways and may or may not have the facts it needs to make its case."