A noted security researcher has been arrested by the FBI, as first reported by Motherboard. Marcus Hutchins (better known as MalwareTech) appears to have been stopped by the FBI yesterday afternoon as he prepared to board a flight from Las Vegas back to his home in London. Hutchins was in the US for the Black Hat and Defcon security conferences, although he did not present any research.
Hutchins was arrested for his role in “creating and distributing the Kronos banking trojan,” according to a federal indictment against him and an unnamed co-defendant. Kronos was a malware program that harvested online banking credentials and credit card data, first discovered in July 2014.