Marcus Hutchins (Will not be speaking at this event

 

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Discovering the WannaCry ‘kill switch’ Q&A

Age:                      22

From:                   Ilfracombe, on the north Devon coast

Occupation:       Self-taught programmer working for Los Angeles-based Kryptos Logic

Interests:            His social media accounts are peppered with tweets about his love of surfing and views of the waves along the coast

2017 ransomware attack

In May 2017, Hutchins was credited with stopping the WannaCry ransomware attack from spreading across the globe by accidentally triggering a "kill switch". Large swathes of the NHS were paralysed by the cyber attack, which hit 200,000 victims in 150 countries around the world.

He said: "I'm definitely not a hero. I'm just someone doing my bit to stop botnets."

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