The FBI detained the expert who helped to neutralize the virus WannaCry

WASHINGTON, Aug 3 – RIA Novosti. Employees of the Federal Bureau of investigation, the U.S. detained a computer security expert, who has previously helped to neutralize the global WannaCry virus, Reuters reported.

According to the Agency, we are talking about working in the UK Marcus Hutchins, who in may found a “switch” in the virus, which helped to neutralize the malware. He was detained after the conference on computer security, held in late July in Las Vegas (Nevada) with the participation of “thousands of hackers.”

The reason for the detention and arrest of Hutchins is not reported, the FBI traditionally does not comment on “ongoing investigations”.

Large-scale cyber attack WannaCry around the world may 12, raised more than 200 thousand users in 150 countries, it was reported earlier the Director of Europol Rob Wainwright. Hackers used modified malware the national security Agency of the United States. The Financial Times, citing analysts in the field of cyber security reported that the tool of the us intelligence services, known as Eternal Blue (“rich blue”), was combined with “an extortionist” WannaCry. In “Kaspersky Lab” reported about 45 thousands of hacker attacks in 74 countries around the world on 12 may, the highest number of attempted infections were recorded in Russia.