“I knew it was always going to come back,” Hutchins said on the call, but that he didn’t “think it would be so soon.”
Hutchins was arrested in Las Vegas in August 2017, as he was about to board a flight to England.
Just months earlier he had been hailed a hero for finding a “kill switch” to the WannaCry ransomware attack that crippled computers worldwide.
WannaCry infected hundreds of thousands of computers and caused disruptions at factories, hospitals, shops and schools in more than 150 countries.
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Kronos software designed to steal banking data
Prosecutors said in court filings that Hutchins sold the Kronos software to someone in Wisconsin and that he “personally delivered” the software to someone in California.
The malware was designed “to intercept communications and collect personal information, including usernames, passwords, email addresses, and financial data” from computers, prosecutors said.
Kronos was “used to infect numerous computers around the world and steal banking information,” prosecutors said, without providing an exact number.
It is still unclear how much money Hutchins made from creating the malware, but in online chats the FBI intercepted on November 2014, Hutchins lamented the fact that he had only made $8,000 (€7,100) from five sales.
Hutchins said he thought he would be making around $100,000 annually by selling Kronos with one of his conspirators, who was not named in the indictment.
law/kl (AP, Reuters)
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