the Road from hero to villain can be extremely short.
It marks the british it expert Marcus Hutchins, who in 2017 became world famous as the man who stopped the dreaded it-the virus WannaCry from spreading further.
Thousands of computers, among other uk hospitals were locked down by the virus. Only by paying money to the unknown perpetrators, you could get access to its vital files again.
Marcus Hutchins, who today is 24 years, spent at the time his vast knowledge about computer security to find the 'stop button', which prevented the further spread of the WannyCry.
But today we know why Hutchins was so good to decode skurkenes tricks. He is even one of those in hiding has developed and sold the malware, who could break into the stranger's computers.
the Briton has just acknowledged that the FBI and the us authorities are right in their accusations, that he for a number of years forward to 2015-earned money on software with the name of Kronos and the UPAS-Kit.
The he developed and sold together with a medsammensvoren, that in the indictment alone is known under the name of 'Vinny'.
Hutchins is expected to get a prison sentence, in the worst case keep him imprisoned for the next 10 years. Photo: Finn Frandsen
On its website, confirms Marcus Hutchins, that he has entered into an agreement with the american authorities, that means he need to be prosecuted for eight counts.
'I've acknowledged myself guilty of two charges of writing malware in the years before my career in it security began.'
'I regret these actions and take full responsibility for my mistakes. I have grown and have since used the same abilities for constructive purposes. I will continue to use my time to ensure the other against malware attacks.'
Marcus Hutchins faces up to 10 years in prison, deportation from the UNITED states and a fine of up to half a million dollars. Until the judgment is handed down, staying himself in the UNITED states, where he is released on bail.
You can read the entire agreement, as the briton has concluded with the us authorities, including. From page 16 to page 19 described his crimes in detail - they happened from July 2012 to september 2015:
the Agreement with Hutchins (PDF)
the Agreement with Hutchins (Text)