Monday 20 November 2017

Self-taught cyber expert who halted WannaCry attack is now working with the UK government

The cyber attack struck firms across the globe
The cyber attack struck firms across the globe

Kathy Armstrong

A self-taught cyber expert who stopped the WannaCry ransomware virus spreading globally is now working with the UK's Government Communications Headquarters to prevent future attacks.

Marcus Hutchins has been hailed a hero after he managed to trigger a kill switch to halt the virus on Friday, which caused chaos across the NHS and other bodies across the world.

The Telegraph reports that Marcus (22) didn't go to college and taught himself about cyber technology, he has since worked from his bedroom in his parents' house.

He has now been snapped up by the UK's National Cyber Security Centre to try to prevent a new strain of the virus.

Marcus' friend Kurtis Baron, the founder of Fidus Information Security, praised his actions.
He said: "He is a really nice friend and also a business colleague. He was just doing his job. If we could make him work for us then we would employ him in a heartbeat, but he won't move."

He added: "It is not a job to him, more a passion that he happens to get paid for."

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Despite his good work, Marcus has admitted that he is worried that he could now be a target for hackers and fears for his safety.

He told Mail Online: "In future someone might want to retaliate - they could find my identity within seconds. If they know where I live, they could really do anything.

"A security blogger had people send heroin to his house and try to frame him after his identity was leaked and he even had death threats."

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