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The british hacker, Marcus Hutchins, who has been instrumental in the defeat of a global cyber attack in march of 2017, avoided a prison sentence Friday, but will face a year of supervised release after pleading guilty to two counts of making though.
Hutchins is being held on a bond since march of 2017, in the United States, after the FBI arrested him on the accusation of the 25th anniversary of the creation of a program that is designed to steal banking credentials.
During his release, Hutchins may have to return to the United Kingdom, according to the BBC.
Program, Kronos banking Trojan, which was of the type that infects your browsers, you will catch user names and passwords, but when an unsuspecting user visits a bank or other trusted location.
His crime carried a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, although the researchers acknowledged before 2019 and that he was left off last time, with the creation of the malware. In a statement posted on its website, the Hutchins pledged to use his knowledge of the malware for good.
A BRITISH RESEARCHER WHO HAS STOPPED WANNACRY HAVE BEEN SUED IN THE US
“As you may know, I have pled guilty to two charges in connection with the writing of malware in the few years prior to my career in security,” he said. “I regret these actions and accept full responsibility for my own mistakes. Having grown up, I’ve had since I started using the skills that I have abused a few years ago, it is for constructive purposes only.
“I will continue to devote my time to in order to keep track of the people and protects against malware attacks.
The charges against Hutchins, came as a shock to the cyber security of the community. His quick thinking helped to prevent the spread of the WannaCry attack that crippled thousands of computers, and will not affect the united kingdom’s National Health Service.
Hutchins on Friday, tweeted his gratitude for the judge’s leniency.
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“Sentenced to time served! How very, very grateful for the understanding and leniency from the court, the beautiful character is the letter you have sent, and to everyone who helped me in the past two years, both financially and emotionally,” he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.