At 22, Marcus Hutchins, who works as computer security reseacher in Kryptos Logic, single-handedly put a stop to the worst cyberattack the world had ever seen. Then he was arrested by the FBI. Check out his untold story.
In 2016, There was a ransomware attack that affected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide. The attack also led to the shut down of a lots of hospitals in the UK. Marcus Hutchins stopped this ransomware attact on his own, and within that same month, he was arrested.
Marcus Hutchins was arrested because of the codes he used to write as a teenager. Apperently, he wrote codes that ends up being used in banking trojan sofware. During his arrest, for the first few minutes, the agents struck a friendly tone, asking Marcus about his education and Kryptos Logic, the security firm where he worked. For those minutes Hutchins allowed himself think that perhaps, the agents just wanted to learn more about his work on how he stopped WannaCry ransomware. But after 11 minutes into the interrogation, he was asked about a program called Kronos.
Kronos, I know that name. Hutchins said.
It was at this point that he realized that he was been interrogated for an entirely different reason.
Marcus Hutchins says he never actually planned to end up making banking malware, but because of the fact that he spent most of his life on various hacking forums, he saw himself trying to compete with other hackers he had socialized with. He was very talented in computer science and started studying and making malware mostly out of boredom. He did freelance work for other people who are members of one forum or the other, and then everything escalated. When he was 16, he was approached by a more serious client.
His story is very fascinating and you should check it out on Wired where his Complete story is written in details.