Marcus Hutchins, best known for his role in stopping the WannaCry ransomware attack of 2017, pleaded guilty to two counts related to the hacking conspiracy. "The other eight charges will be dismissed as part of a plea agreement first reported by ZDNet .
" I regret these actions and accept full responsibility for my mistakes, "Hutchins said in a statement at Your website. "Having grown up, I have been using the same skills that I used several years ago for constructive purposes. I will continue to devote my time to keeping people safe from malware attacks. "
Hutchins received universal acclaim from security professionals when he discovered the "death switch" of the WannaCry ransomware in 2017, abruptly stopping an attack that had blocked more than 75,000 computers in more than 150 countries. He was widely regarded as a hero for his role in containing the attack, which he had done in its entirety as an independent investigator.
Just a few months after the WannaCry attack, Hutchins was arrested during the Def Con security conference in Las Vegas. and in charge of developing the banking Trojan Kronos, which collected logins and passwords to empty the bank accounts of the victims. The case has progressed slowly over the year and a half since the arrest, and many investigators are unwilling to accept that Hutchins had played a role in the malware campaign.
Hutchins now faces up to five years in prison for each charge, as well as the possibility of economic sanctions, depending on the judge's ruling.