The Confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the Hacker Who Saved the Internet
I happened across a fascinating article: The Confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the Hacker Who Saved the Internet, by Andy Greenberg. It’s the story about Marcus Hutchins, who is credited with stopping WannaCry.
I remember where I was when I first started seeing mentions of the ransomware worm start to become a significant threat. There were major businesses that got shuttered and went offline. And then reports of banks and hospitals being overrun.
Not only is the article a recounting of how Hutchins “saved the Internet,” it also delves into his complex past – providing an accounting of his time as a younger hacker, creating multi-featured rootkits as a hired gun.
Greenberg does a fantastic job of taking very technical topics, and distilling them down so that laymen can still understand the particulars. Hutchins’ story (and history) is a complicated one, leading ultimately to a place where he is helping more than he is hurting. It’s a worthy read, and worthy of your time.
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