Marcus Hutchins, the 23-year-old British security researcher better known online as MalwareTech, has returned to Twitter for the first time since his arrest to joke about his situation.
This was Hutchins’ first tweet since his arrest, partly referencing coverage of his apparent party lifestyle that appeared in The Sun:
Things to do during defcon:
Visit red rock canyon
Be indicted by the FBI
— MalwareTech (@MalwareTechBlog) August 14, 2017
And here’s another:
UberEATS: A more efficient way to to receive the news that the McDonald's icecream machine is still broken.
— MalwareTech (@MalwareTechBlog) August 15, 2017
Hutchins was arrested in early August after the DefCon hacking conference in Las Vegas and detained in the US on six charges of creating malware that would become the Kronos banking trojan.
Hutchins normally lives in Ilfracombe, Devon, and had gained a hero’s reputation after halting the devastating WannaCry malware attack earlier this year. The US government accused Hutchins of creating Kronos, which steals people’s financial details, and selling it in 2015 via the online darknet AlphaBay.
His arrest sent shockwaves through the security industry, which rallied behind him to raise at least $12,000 (£9,200) for his defence. He was released on bail and pleaded not guilty to all six charges at a court in Milwaukee on Monday. Although he was initially barred from using the internet, his conditions have changed to permit him access to a computer and the web. He is also permitted to work.
Hutchins that he couldn’t talk about his case, saying that he was making light-hearted comments to avoid discussing it. “I’m still on trial, still not allowed to go home, still on house arrest; but now i am allowed online. Will get my computers back soon,” he wrote.
Tarah Wheeler, a security researcher who co-ordinated fundraising efforts, posted a photo with Hutchins released on bail.
— Tarah M. Wheeler (@tarah) August 14, 2017
Hutchins will remain in the US until his trial, and has two legal representatives: Baker Marquart partner Brian Klein, and special counsel to the Electronic Frontier Foundation Marcia Hofman. Both tweeted they were “delighted” and “proud” to represent Hutchins.