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British cyber-attack expert: I'm no hero after cracking cyber attack

19 May 2017

He has been called the accidental hero for halting the global spread of WannaCry, the ransomware that hit millions of computers across the country. The company offers "a suite of services and solutions to disrupt attacker tactics, techniques, and procedures", according to its website. He was analyzing a sample of the malicious malware's code when he noticed it was linked to an unregistered web.

WannaCry paralyzed computers running mostly older versions of Microsoft Windows by encrypting users' computer files and displaying a message demanding a ransom of $400 to $820 to release them; failure to pay would leave the data mangled and likely beyond fix.

Challenging Ministers to release their risk assessment to prove they had been taking it seriously, he said: "I would say to the government today, publish the Department of Health's risk register so we will know how seriously the government were taking a potential cyber attack".

It was a 22-year-old computer wizard who put a stop to the "WannaCry" ransomware virus that caused chaos around the globe.

While he did not realize it yet, this simple act had "unknowingly killed the malware" with suggestions the domain had become a "kill switch" to prevent the virus spreading further.

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Speaking to MailOnline, the cyber specialist, known as MalwareTech, said: "In future someone might want to retaliate - they could find my identity within seconds".

Despite his claims he's "definitely not a hero", Just Eat has given Marcus - who works for LA-based Kryptos Logic and blogs as MalwareTech - a year's supply of free pizza from any of its participating restaurants. "This is something that Marcus validated himself", Neino said. It was a very exciting moment.

It is not uncommon for members to use aliases, to protect from retaliatory attacks and ensure privacy.

Earlier on, he told The Guardian that he wanted to stay anonymous "because it just doesn't make sense to give out my personal information, obviously we're working against bad guys and they're not going to be happy about this".

Marcus thanked several individuals and organisations for their help, including the National Cyber Security Centre UK, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Microsoft.

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It is likely to be a big adjustment. Hutchins works out of his bedroom in the seaside resort town of Ilfracombe on a sophisticated computer setup with three large screens. The concept of celebrity was clearly foreign to him.

But even that made the fame-averse Mr Hutchins so nervous that he initially misspelled his last name, leaving out the letter "n" when doing a sound-level for the cameras.

Many will be following his next moves.

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After more analysis, Hutchins, an avid surfer, plans to take a vacation - traveling to Las Vegas and California on the company dime.

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British cyber-attack expert: I'm no hero after cracking cyber attack