Court date looms for UK cybersecurity expert held in Vegas

Posted at 5:20 AM, Aug 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-08 05:20:19-04

A Tuesday court date looms in Wisconsin for a British cybersecurity researcher arrested last week in Las Vegas, where he was still being held in federal custody on Monday.


Marcus Hutchins faces charges saying that years before he won acclaim for helping to stop a worldwide ransomware attack last May he created and distributed a malware program to pilfer banking passwords from unsuspecting computer users.


He was arrested last week at McCarran International Airport following the Def Con convention for computer security professionals in Las Vegas.


Electronic Frontier Foundation general counsel Kurt Opsahl says he's awaiting word that $30,000 bail was posted and Hutchins had been released in Nevada.



Hutchins is due Tuesday in federal court in Milwaukee on six charges, including conspiracy to commit computer fraud in 2014 and 2015.