The young British computer expert credited with halting the spread of the global WannaCry computer attack was reported Tuesday to be employed by a computer security firm based in Los Angeles.
Marcus Hutchins, 22, a surfer from the southern coast of England, told the New York Daily News that he likes to fight cyber theft because “it’s the right thing to do” and that he’s no hero — just a regular guy doing his bit against cybercrime.
Hutchins credited hundreds of other computer experts who also worked over the weekend with limiting the spread of the online virus, which took out computers and networks across 150 countries, the Daily News reported.
The fast-moving WannaCry virus encrypted users’ computer files and displayed a message demanding anywhere from $300 to $600 to release them — or irreparable damage would follow.
Hutchins is employed by Los Angeles-based Kryptos Logic, the Daily News reported. He was analyzing a sample of the malicious malware’s code when he noticed it was linked to an unregistered web.
—City News Service
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