WannaCry hero heads into Tuesday hearing as the security community crowdfunds his defense

Over the weekend, the security community created legal funding for Marcus Hutchins, the researcher famed for stopping the spread of the malware known as WannaCry. Hutchins, also known as MalwareTech, was arrested by the FBI last week for his alleged role in circulating Kronos, a banking trojan that first operated havoc in 2014.

With a hearing define for Tuesday in Wisconsin, Hutchins many supporters have rallied to donate toward covering his legal expenses. The money was set up by Symantec Cybersecurity Czar Tarah Wheeler and the tech statute firm of Tor Ekeland.

While we as a community do not know all the details about the charges against[ Marcus Hutchins]( since few details have been published at this time ), we acknowledge that all people have a right to legal defense and counsel in the United States when accused of international crimes, Wheeler wrote in a letter addressed that accompanies the donation page.

According to Ekeland, the LawPay-hosted fund was created as an alternative to GoFundMe. While the donation page was so popular that it crashed at one point, Hutchins supporters are working on a full accounting of donations.

This was put together promptly over the weekend by our faculty after Gofundme refused to handle the[ legal defense fund] and we stepped in at the last minute, Ekeland told TechCrunch. Its get a nice answer, lots of people are donating, we just havent had a chance to go through it all.

TechCrunch has reached out to GoFundMe for comment on its refusal to host Hutchins defense fund.

Hutchins faces an array of charges that include creating the Kronos code sure to be legally murky territory and offering it for sale on AlphaBay, the illicit online market shut down in a major bust last month. The young researcher pled not guiltyto the charges in a Las Vegas court on Friday and is set to appear tomorrow in Wisconsin, the state where the charges were filed.

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