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Marcus ‘MalwareTech’ Hutchins Gets No Prison Time, One Year Supervised Release

An anonymous reader writes: Marcus ‘MalwareTech’ Hutchins, the security researcher who helped stop the WannaCry ransomware outbreak, was sentenced today in the US to time served and one year of supervised release. The UK-born malware analyst avoided the prison time in the case as the judge described “too many positives on other side of ledger” — referring to Hutchins’ role in the WannaCry ransomware outbreak and his work as a malware analyst. Judge J. P. Stadmueller had a difficult decision on his hand, and would have considered a pardon. However, courts have no such power, and deferred to the executive branch. In court, Hutchins apologized, again, to victims, family, and friends. The judge waived any fines. The sentence comes after Hutchins pleaded guilty this April on two charges of entering a conspiracy to create and distribute malware, and in aiding and abetting its distribution.


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