Computer viruses and worms

FILE - This Monday, May 15, 2017, file photo shows Marcus Hutchins, a British cybersecurity expert during an interview in Ilfracombe, England. Hutchins once hailed as a hero for stopping the WannaCry computer virus that crippled computers worldwide will be in federal court in Milwaukee, Thursday, April 19, 2018, to try to weaken a criminal case against him by having his post-arrest statements tossed. Prosecutors filed charges against Hutchins last year, alleging he distributed a malicious software called Kronos to steal banking passwords from unsuspecting computer users. Hutchins pleaded not guilty to the charges in August. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
April 19, 2018 - 1:44 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A British cybersecurity expert once hailed as a hero for stopping a computer virus will be in federal court in Milwaukee to try to weaken a criminal case against him by having his post-arrest statements tossed. Prosecutors filed charges against 23-year-old Marcus Hutchins last year...
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February 17, 2018 - 9:54 am
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Savannah officials are taking extra precautions to protect employees' email accounts and government computer servers as City Hall recovers from a malware virus attack. Local officials said in a news release that city staff workers are currently unable to receive email...
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February 16, 2018 - 1:07 pm
LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina county government's computers have been infected by ransomware, slowing business to a crawl. The Dispatch of Lexington reports Davidson County Manager Zeb Hanner said officials learned about the software virus early Friday. Hanner said 911 is still operating...
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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2017, file photo, White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. Trump's administration is publicly blaming North Korea for a ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide in May and crippled parts of Britain's National Health Service. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
December 18, 2017 - 11:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration is publicly blaming North Korea for a ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide in May and crippled parts of Britain's National Health Service. Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert wrote in a Wall Street...
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FILE - This Monday, May 15, 2017, file photo shows British IT expert Marcus Hutchins, branded a hero for slowing down the WannaCry global cyberattack, during an interview in Ilfracombe, England. Prosecutors have charged Hutchins and an unnamed co-defendant with conspiring to commit computer fraud in the state and elsewhere. Hutchins could enter a plea during a hearing Monday, Aug. 14, in Wisconsin federal court. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
August 14, 2017 - 11:37 am
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A British cybersecurity researcher credited with helping curb a recent worldwide ransomware attack pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges accusing him of creating malicious software to steal banking information three years ago. Marcus Hutchins entered his plea in Wisconsin...
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FILE - This Monday, May 15, 2017, file photo shows British IT expert Marcus Hutchins, branded a hero for slowing down the WannaCry global cyberattack, during an interview in Ilfracombe, England. Prosecutors have charged Hutchins and an unnamed co-defendant with conspiring to commit computer fraud in the state and elsewhere. Hutchins could enter a plea during a hearing Monday, Aug. 14, in Wisconsin federal court. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
August 14, 2017 - 11:32 am
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. case against a British cybersecurity researcher accused of creating a malware program (all times local): 10:30 a.m. A British cybersecurity researcher accused of creating malicious software to steal banking information has been granted computer access while...
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FILE - This Monday, May 15, 2017, file photo shows British IT expert Marcus Hutchins, branded a hero for slowing down the WannaCry global cyberattack, during an interview in Ilfracombe, England. Prosecutors have charged Hutchins and an unnamed co-defendant with conspiring to commit computer fraud in the state and elsewhere. Hutchins could enter a plea during a hearing Monday, Aug. 14, in Wisconsin federal court. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
August 14, 2017 - 11:24 am
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A British cybersecurity researcher credited with helping curb a recent worldwide ransomware attack pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges accusing him of creating malicious software to steal banking information three years ago. Marcus Hutchins entered his plea in Wisconsin...
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FILE - This Monday, May 15, 2017, file photo shows British IT expert Marcus Hutchins, branded a hero for slowing down the WannaCry global cyberattack, during an interview in Ilfracombe, England. On Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, a computer law expert described the evidence so far presented to justify Hutchins' arrest in Las Vegas earlier in the week for allegedly creating and selling malicious banking software, as being problematic. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
August 08, 2017 - 9:52 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Tuesday arraignment has been postponed for a British cybersecurity researcher who was arrested last week in Las Vegas on charges that, years before he won acclaim for helping to stop a worldwide ransomware attack, he created and distributed a malware program to pilfer banking...
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FILE - This Monday, May 15, 2017, file photo shows British IT expert Marcus Hutchins, branded a hero for slowing down the WannaCry global cyberattack, during an interview in Ilfracombe, England. On Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, a computer law expert described the evidence so far presented to justify Hutchins' arrest in Las Vegas earlier in the week for allegedly creating and selling malicious banking software, as being problematic. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
August 08, 2017 - 3:52 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Tuesday court date looms in Wisconsin for a British cybersecurity researcher arrested last week in Las Vegas on charges that, years before he won acclaim for helping to stop a worldwide ransomware attack, he created and distributed a malware program to pilfer banking passwords...
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FILE - This Monday, May 15, 2017, file photo shows British IT expert Marcus Hutchins, branded a hero for slowing down the WannaCry global cyberattack, during an interview in Ilfracombe, England. On Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, a computer law expert described the evidence so far presented to justify Hutchins' arrest in Las Vegas earlier in the week for allegedly creating and selling malicious banking software, as being problematic. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
August 07, 2017 - 5:20 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A British cybersecurity researcher has a date in federal court on Tuesday in Milwaukee, but he was still being held Monday at a U.S. lockup in Nevada, authorities said. Marcus Hutchins, a hacker who won acclaim after helping in May to curb the spread of WannaCry ransomware during...
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