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WannaCry hero seeks to suppress transcript evidence

The British hacker who helped stop the ransomware attack on the NHS is appealing to prevent a phone call transcript being used against him in US courts.
Marcus Hutchins, 23, was arrested in Las Vegas last year and charged with developing Kronos - malware allegedly designed to steal banking logins and other financial information.
He denies the charges.Hutchins made the call from jail to an unidentified person after his arrest.US court documents quote him as saying that he wrote the code for someone else who later conducted the cyber crimes.The transcript was filed to the court ahead of a hearing in which Hutchins's legal team is attempting to suppress the transcript, along with the transcript of a two-hour interview with the FBI.His defence argues that Hutchins did not fully understand his rights and that the evidence should be considered inadmissible.The transcript indicates that Hutchins, from Ilfracombe, Devon, was repaying a debt of roughly $5,000 to the third party by providing them with the binary code of the banking malware.
WannaCry hero seeks to suppress transcript evidence

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Hutchins denies the charges against him
"So I wrote code for a guy a while back who then incorporated it into a banking malware, so they have logs of that," Hutchins says in the transcript.
"Essentially they want to know my part of the banking operation or if I just sold the code onto some guy then they wanted me to, once then found I sold the code to someone, they wanted me to give them his name, and I don't actually know anything about him."I knew it was always going to come back," the transcript records him saying.Hutchins was arrested in Las Vegas after attending the Def Con hacking conference and was "completely shocked" by the charges, according to his attorneys.However, prosecutors allege that he "admitted he was the author of the code of Kronos malware and indicated he sold it".They added that he had been caught when undercover officers bought the malware from his unnamed co-defendant on the darknet marketplace AlphaBay.
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AlphaBay was the largest criminal marketplace on the dark web until it was shut down by an international police operation in July.Security researchers sympathetic to Hutchins's case have suggested that he has been framed by this unknown co-defendant.
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