MalwareTech, the "WannaCry Hero", the security researcher who found and activated a "killswitch" built into the WannaCry ransomware (registering a specific domain name), has been sentenced, and will receive no additional jail time, although he will not be able to stay in the US. great news and bodes well for security researchers/activists in general.


what I wasn't aware of, however, was that he was on trial for much more than just the WannaCry fiasco; he'd apparently been involved in writing and selling malware for years, while publicly maintaining the front of being purely a whitehat researcher. the judge in the case ruled that his actions re: WannaCry more than balanced out any harm he had done with his malware sales.

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