UK Hacker Spared Jail Term in US

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A British hacker who helped stop a major cyber-attack affecting the NHS in 2017 has been spared a jail term and will only face one year of supervised release.

He will also be able to return to the US and not pay a fine, the BBC is reporting.

Marcus Hutchins, 25, pleaded guilty to two charges of making malicious software or malware in April.

US prosecutors alleged that his malware allowed cyber-criminals to steal online banking details of internet users.

Hutchins admitted to creating two programs known as Kronos and UPAS Kit, BBC said.

Since Hutchins’ arrest in 2017, he has remained in the US on bail and had faced a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.



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