Surfer worked from bedroom to beat cyberattack

The 22-year-old Brit computer genius who saved the NHS is a surfer who works from tiny bedroom at his parents' home

IT researcher Marcus Hutchins who accidentally halted NHS cyber attack 'fears for his safety' and warns of new threat

The British IT expert credited with slowing the spread of the global cyber attack has claimed he is more concerned for his privacy than his safety.

Salim Neino, chief executive of Kryptos Logic, said Mr Hutchins took over the "kill switch" on Friday afternoon European time, before it could fully affect the United States. The company offers "a suite of services and solutions to disrupt attacker tactics, techniques, and procedures", according to its website.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Marcus said he and hundreds of experts at a Los Angeles-based computer firm worked to fight the virus.

It encrypted users' computer files and displayed a message demanding anywhere from 300 USA dollars to 600 United States dollars to release them; failure to pay would leave the data mangled and likely beyond fix.

THE COMPUTER wizard who saved the NHS from the ransomware virus that wreaked havoc across the globe has been named as a 22-year-old surfer from Devon.

In his first public comments since the attack, Mr Hunt told Sky News: "Although we have never seen anything on this scale when it comes to ransomware attacks, they are relatively common and there are things that you can do, that everyone can do, all of us can do, to protect ourselves against them".

Mr Hutchins has long tweeted under the handle MalwareTech, which features a profile photo of a cat with huge sunglasses.

After all, now he's a computer celebrity.

"I've still been working across from my company Kryptos Logic, we've been trying to provide the sort of, the IP addresses to NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, so that victims can be notified", he said.

It is likely to be a big adjustment. Hutchins works out of his bedroom in the seaside resort town of Ilfracombe on a sophisticated computer setup with three large screens. He will soon become a local hero - but if you ask him, his life of celebrity will be short lived.

Hutchins' mother Janet, a nurse, couldn't be prouder - and was happy to have the veil of anonymity lifted. "I ended up going out to lunch with a friend, meanwhile the WannaCrypt ransomware campaign had entered full swing", he said. As he did a sound-check for the camera, he was so anxious he misspelled his last name, giving it as "H-U-T-C-H-I-S", without the "n". The attackers would realise how we stopped it and they will change the code and start it again he said.

Many will be following his next moves though.

CyberSecurity Ventures forecast expenditures on cybersecurity will grow between 12 percent and 15 percent annually for the next five years.

"The unprecedented cybercriminal activity we are witnessing is generating so much cyber spending, it's become almost impossible for analysts to keep track".

Yes, surfing. On waves this time.

In his interview, MalwareTech referred to the case of another security blogger who was subject to intimidation, including death threats, after his identity was leaked online.

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