Marcus Hutchins, the security researcher best known for helping to stop the widespread WannaCry ransomware attack, has pleaded guilty to costs related to malicious software unrelated to the attack in 2017.
"As you may be aware, I have been blaming two people for writing malware in the years before my safety career," Hutchins said in a statement on his website. "I regret these actions and accept full responsibility for my mistakes. After growing up, I have since used the same skills that I abused several years ago for constructive purposes."
According to a consent agreement filed with the Eastern District of Wisconsin , the British scientist agreed to claim two of the two 10 counts, while the other eight were lost. Each count lasts up to five years in prison and up to $ 250,000 in fines, even though the consent agreement states that a "liability" can contribute to an easier sentence.
Hutchins was required to develop and collaborate with another person identified in court documents as "Vinny", which spreads UPAS Kit and Kronos malware, the latter has been used for years to steal bank information. This activity took place between July 2012 and September 2015, per record year before Hutchins was credited to discover WannaCry's killer.
The researcher was arrested by the FBI in 2017, just months after helping to stop the devastating malware attack, on the basis of creating Kronos. Last year, having been hit with a replacement song, which introduced new costs related to the UPAS Kit, Hutchins, now a prominent and respected security researcher called the charges "bullshit."
According to ZDNet, Hutchins has been out on security and based in Los Angeles in front of an attempt scheduled later this year. Hutchins said in his statement this week that he would "continue to use [his] time to keep people safe from malicious attacks."