Cyber-hero who halted NHS hack rewarded with THIS by boss...

Cyber-hero who halted NHS hack rewarded with THIS by boss...

The cybersecurity analyst who managed to halt the spread of malicious ransomware has been awarded a week off work by his boss.

Marcus Hutchins, the 22-year-old tech genius, “accidentally” stopped the virus in its tracks - although the ransomware had already affected hundreds of organisations, including the NHS.

Hutchins, who works for Kryptos Logic, explained in an interview with the BBC that he found a kill switch in the ransomware’s code, allowing him to stop the spread.

He also revealed that he had been enjoying a week’s annual leave when he started investigating the virus and, as a reward, his impressed boss gave him another week’s holiday.

“The attention has been slightly overwhelming,” said Hutchins. “The boss gave me another week off to make up for this train-wreck of a vacation.” 

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The Daily Mail also reports that his generous bosses have offered him an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles as part of a reward package.

The ransomware seizes control of a computer’s files and denies access to them unless a fee of $300 (£232.76) in bitcoins is paid to a specific address.

Hutchings said that he would be working with the National Cyber Security Centre in a bid to prevent fresh attacks. Kurtis Baron, Founder of Fidus Information Security, explained how his colleague is lucky enough to work in an industry he loves.

“It is not a job to him,” he said, “more a passion that he happens to get paid for.”

Daren Oliver, Managing Director of London-based IT firm Fitzrovia, offered some sage advice to businesses who may have been affected: “If a company finds they have fallen victim to a cyberattack they should switch off their computers and inform an IT professional immediately. 

“Our ongoing advice to businesses is to not only ensure they consult the services of an IT professional to regularly review cybersecurity policies and procedures, but that any required changes and updates to their systems are implemented as soon as possible.”

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