The blogger who accidentally discovered the kill switch that stopped the WannaCry ransomware attack last week will be donating his $10,000 reward to charity.
Marcus Hutchins, who also goes by the name MalwareTech, is a 22-year-old blogger and an avid surfer. He has been hailed an ‘accidental hero’ for halting the spread of the devastating WannaCry global cyberattack that affected several companies worldwide including the British National Health Services, the Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica, Nissan, and FedEx.
In an interview with Business Insider, Hutchins said he doesn’t want to do it for the money and would rather give his reward to other people.
Hutchins found out that the virus can be stopped by registering an £8.29 website domain name which triggered a kill switch, thereby preventing what could have been a more devastating attack to other companies in the world.
Among the rewards he received is a free year-long supply of pizza from JustEat after the delivery company saw a picture of Hutchin’s room filled with video games, computers and old pizza boxes.
“I’m only a fan of pizza because I can ring and it turns up, whereas if I cook something I have to spend 20 minutes cooking,” said the blogger from Ilfracombe, Devon who never gets to attend a university.
HackerOne, a company that rewards ‘ethical hackers’ who find flaws in software is also offering him $10,000 for a job well done, but he isn’t keen on keeping the cash for himself.
“I plan on holding a vote to decide which charities will get the majority of the money. The rest will go to buying books/resources for people looking to get into [information security] who can’t afford them,” he said.
Currently, Hutchins is working with the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre to help prevent the possible new wave of attacks in the coming days.