San Fransisco, August 4: British computer security researcher, Marcus Hutchins was arrested by US authorities on Thursday for allegedly creating malware to fish account details of bank customers. The techie was in the country to attend tech conference. Hutchins had played a pivotal role in fighting global malware WannaCry.

The ethical hacker uses alias Malwaretech. He was arrested in Las Vegas, where he had come attend Def Con hacker security conference. He was arrested as he was preparing to fly back to Britain. He faces charges of committing internet fraud.

The authorities accused Hutchins of making and distributing “banking Trojan” Kronos. This malicious software is designed to fish user names and passwords of online banking websites. The malware has been unleashed on banking systems in Britain, Canada, Germany, Poland, and other companies, said the Department of Justice.It is being alleged that Hutchins was a co-conspirator in distributing the malware on dark online markets. The software was made available through internet forums in 2014. It was distributed in AlphaBay marketplace.

It is being alleged that Hutchins was a co-conspirator in distributing the malware on dark online markets. The software was made available through internet forums in 2014. It was distributed in AlphaBay marketplace. Underground websites like AlphaBay and Hansa Market sell contraband articles, drugs, and weapons to criminal elements globally.