Expert who stopped WannaCry ransomware attacked by British tabloids

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Marcus Hutchins

Security researcher who stopped the WannaCry ransomware says British journalists are forcing him to move house and doxing his friends.

On his Twitter account, Marcus Hutchins said that he had misjudged how “horrible” his “five minutes of fame” would become, because “British tabloids are super invasive”.

Marcus added that a journalist had doxed his friends, then rang them offering money for his girlfriend’s name and phone number, and another one turned up at his friend’s house.

“I’m definitely not a hero. I’m just someone doing my bit to stop botnets”, said Hutchins.

Marcus Hutchins

The 22-year-old British cybersecurity expert tweeting as @MalwareTechBlog became famous after he accidentally activated a “kill switch” to stop the global spread of the WannaCry ransomware. As the result, U.K.’s media strarted to intrude into his personal life, publishing false information about him, stalking his friends and publishing a picture of his house and address.

Hutchins works for U.S. security firm Kryptos Logic from his home, trying to stop botnets from attacking computer systems.

“Marcus, with the program he runs at Kryptos Logic, not only saved the United States but also prevented further damage to the rest of the world. Within a few moments, we were able to validate that there was indeed a kill switch. It was a very exciting moment”, said the chief executive of Kryptos Logic Salim Neino.

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