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On Wednesday, a celebrated UK security researcher was stopped at the Las Vegas airport and taken into federal custody. According to law enforcement, Marcus Hutchins (better known as MalwareTech) was responsible for developing a major banking trojan — a serious allegation that could result in years of jail time. Hutchins most recently drew popular attention for his pivotal role in containing the WannaCry malware, a ransomware worm that locked up nearly 75,000 systems worldwide. Hutchins’ arrest came just days after he’d attended Defcon, the largest hacking conference in the world, where he had been riding high on his newfound reputation as a hero.

The allegations have stunned Hutchins’ friends and colleagues, but it’s still unclear how…

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