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Computer law expert says British hacker arrest problematic

Posted on August 4th, 2017 at 23:38 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


A computer law expert on Friday described the evidence so far presented to justify the U.S. arrest of a British cybersecurity researcher as being problematic — an indictment so flimsy that it could create a climate of distrust between the U.S. government and the community of information-security experts.

News of Marcus Hutchins’ arrest in the United States for allegedly creating and selling malicious software able to collect bank account passwords has shocked the cybersecurity community. Many had rallied behind the British hacker, whose quick thinking helped control the spread of the WannaCry ransomware attack that crippled thousands of computers in May.

Attorney Tor Ekeland told The Associated Press that the facts in the indictment fail to show intent.

“This is a very, very problematic prosecution to my mind, and I think it’s bizarre that the United States government has chosen to prosecute somebody who’s arguably their hero in the WannaCry malware attack and potentially saved lives and thousands, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars over the sale of alleged malware,” Ekeland said. “This is just bizarre, it creates a disincentive for anybody in the information security industry to cooperate with the government.”

He has an attorney called Tor? Probably just a proxy for his real name…

  1. Kafka 2017 !

    (USA) Marcus Hutchins:

    “ This is a very, very problematic prosecution to my mind, and I think it’s bizarre …”(http://bit.ly/2ubGUux)

    (BRAZIL) Lula da Silva:

    “…condemnation of Lula is one more chapter in this farce run by the coup-mongering consortium…”(https://bloom.bg/2wuXDtF)


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