Parents of UK cyber security expert facing US malware express ‘confidence’ in son’s innocence
The parents of a British cyber security expert who derailed a global ransomware attack have said they have “no doubt” he will be seen as innocent as he fights charges in the US.
Marcus Hutchins, 23, from Ilfracombe, Devon, also known as MalwareTech, will go to trial over claims that he created and shared Kronos, a malware that harvests banking details.
The charges span between July 2014 and July 2015, predating the researcher’s role in scuppering the WannaCry ransomware attack back in May, which infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries and crippled the NHS.
In a joint statement released today, Hutchins’ parents, Janet and Des Hutchins said they have “full confidence” in the US judicial system and thanked their son’s supporters.
“Once all the evidence is available we have no doubt that Marcus will be seen as an innocent party,” Hutchins’ father said in his first comments since his son’s arrest.
“Our family is grateful for everyone’s messages of support, and their belief in his values, as he tries to clear his name.”
Hutchins was arrested on 2 August in Las Vegas’s McCarran airport as he returned from the Def Con hacking convention. Appearing in court in Wilwaukee on 14 August, he denied all charges currently placed against him, and was subsequently released on $30,000 bail ahead of his trial which is scheduled to start on 23 October.
He has surrendered his passport and is expected to stay in Los Angeles, where his employer, Kryptos Logic, and legal team are based.