WannaCry Saviour – Marcus Hutchins Gives £7,800 Reward To Charity

Marcus HutchinsWannaCry saviour 22-year-old British boy Marcus Hutchins who helped counter last week’s global cyber attack will give £7,800 approx Rs 644560/- reward to charity. He has single handily stopped the WannaCry ransomware infecting thousands of NHS computers as well as several PC’s across the globe.

He declared about the awarded bounty by HackerOne group which rewards “ethical hackers” for finding software bugs. Marcus Hutchins uses twitter handle @MalwareTech on twitter where he said he will split the proceeds between charities and educational resources for IT security students.
He also stated he wasn’t interested in receiving money himself or the newfound fame that has greeted him.

While speaking to The Telegraph he said- “They got in touch to offer the bounty, which I decided to claim and donate to multiple charities, as well as save a bit for helping people looking to get into security have access to educational resources.”

He is yet to decide on which charities should receive the money.

HackerOne is a network of hackers who run bug bounty programs for ethical hackers who are rewarded by them for discovering security flaws before the criminals can. Last year HackerOne went on to pay around $7million and in the last couple years, the best-paid hackers have earned $600,000.
Marcus Hutchins was offered the bounty with a note saying – “Thank you for your active research into this malware and for making the internet safer!”

The Malware killer was able to neutralise the threat from WannaCry on Friday night, as he detected a website address within the virus codes that acted as “killswitch”. The domain was registered which halted the spread of the attack and potentially saving thousands of computers.

The scale of the WannaCry attack was huge as it already thrown NHS into chaos and more than 200,000 computers around the world. The ransomware would encrypt the system files and demand ransom of $300 in the form of Bitcoin to unlock them. By Tuesday morning the wallet associated with the hackers managed to collect over $64525.


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