The young British computer expert credited with halting the spread of the global WannaCry computer attack was reported today 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 Credits Other Computer Experts As Well
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.