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Meet Marcus Hutchins, surfer who saved the world from WannaCry

Self-taught computer-security researcher, avid surfer was hired by Kryptos Logic


The 23-year-old who saved the world from a devastating cyberattack in May was asleep in his bed in the English seaside town of Ilfracombe last week after a night of partying when another online extortion campaign spread across the globe. Around 6 pm on June 27, Marcus Hutchins, a self-taught computer-security researcher and avid surfer, was awakened by a phone call from a colleague telling him another attack was underway. Dreading a return of the virulent WannaCry malware that he stopped in its tracks the previous month, Hutchins logged on to his computer in the house he shares with ...

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First Published: Thu, July 06 2017. 23:43 IST