Hello, again Friends!
I love hearing stories like this one… Stories where the average Joe saves the day… I say average but, this kid’s a super genius! Native Brit, Marcus Hutchins, who works for Kryptos Logic, based out of Los Angeles, so humbly says he’s no hero… I disagree. Hero’s come in all shapes and sizes and his super power just happens to be his brain! Works for me!
Hutchins explains that he is no a hero simply because, he fights Malware because he knows “it’s the right thing to do.” Only a true hero says such things… LOL.
During his very first face-to-face interview, explained that on Monday, hundreds of computer experts banned together, worked through the entire weekend, focused on beating this virus that shut down computers in over 150 countries.
“I am not a hero,” he says. “I’m just someone doing my bit to stop botnets.”
This “non-hero,” a 22-year-old computer genius living just South of the coast of England, discovered the “kill Switch” for the virus. This did not stop the virus from spreading but, it did slow it down enough, long enough of Friday for Marcus to fight the worm. He spent the next three days working on it until it was completely defeated. This virus had already taken its toll on Britain’s hospital system and he was determined to keep going until he broke the code.
This WannaCry virus, crippled mostly older versions of Microsoft Windows by encrypting files, sending a message stating that the user had to pay between $300-$600 just to be released from the virus, otherwise leaving all their files and data warped and destroyed beyond repair.
Can you believe this? Who in their right mind thinks they have the right to do this? Where was anonymous? I would think they would be the first to fight this. Thank goodness we have citizens in this world such as Marcus to help fight these nasty predators! Just makes me so mad… to me, it’s like… Why not take your talents and do some good with it? I hope they find those responsible and deal with them accordingly… they should not be allowed to just get away with this! Who’s with me??
Hutchins said in the interview that he just happened to come across this “kill switch” while investigating a sample of the malicious code, then he noticed it was linked to a specific unregistered web address. Quickly, he registered the domain, something he does regularly to put a stop to these cyber attacks and, luckily, that was able to stop the worm from spreading and were all lucky this took place before it even had a chance to hit the United States. From there, Salim Neino, CEO of Kryptos Logic, took over.
“Marcus, with the program he runs at Kryptos Logic, not only saves the United States but, also prevented further damage to the rest of the world. Within a few moments, we were able to validate there was indeed a kill switch. It was a very exciting moment, this is something Marcus validated himself.” Says, Neino.
Apparently, they found that, while they were unable to “Patient Zero” the first time around, which could have given researchers more information regarding the fight against the attack. Either way, this time they found that the virus was “poorly designed,” only patched together with a “sum of different parts,” with a very disorganized payment system.
Hutchin’s is a member of a large community composed of people just like him. spending their days fighting these online threats, often sharing his finds on Twitter under the handle “Malware Tech.” He now realizes that is the end for his long time anonymity, as he knows there will be retaliation on him and others within his organization.
Marcus has not been in touch with the FBI and is considering some new career options. “I don’t think I’m going back to the Malware Tech that everyone knew.” I don’t know about you but, I like the idea of this guy working on our behalf and the FBI. Sound to me like he’s more than ready to move onto bigger things, we could use someone like him for sure.
This computer fighting hero said his fame will be short lived, as that is not what it is about for him, and this is why he only agreed to do one interview and that’s it….
“I felt like I should agree to do one interview,” and I can see why. That one interview made this gentle soul so nervous that he even misspelled his own last name, leaving out the last “N.” If you happen to look up other related articles, you may notice the mishap, as most writers thought initially that they had the correct spelling of his name. Too funny and too cute! LOL
Here’s a video that shows Hutchin’s interview. He is so humble about it all. What a sweetheart he is!
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