Following an arrest by the FBI last week Marcus “MalwareTech” Hutchins has appeared in a Las Vegas courthouse and pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of creating the Kronos banking malware.

The hacker was arrested last week after attending the DEF CON hacker conference. On Friday afternoon Hutchins appeared in court where a judge set bail at $30 000.

According to a report by Bleeping Computer, the prosecution in the case wanted bail to be denied as Hutchins shot a gun without a license at a tourist gun range earlier in the week.

When Hutchins is released on bail he will be unable to access the internet or make contact with his co-defendant who is unnamed at this time. The hacker spent the weekend in jail as his legal team was unable to post bail before the clerks office closed on Friday afternoon.

Hutchins will need to appear in a court in Wisconsin to face a grand jury there.

The hacker became famous earlier this year when he thwarted the Wannacry ransomware by buying a domain that the ransomware was communicating with. While the move did stop the malware it thrust an unwilling Hutchins into the limelight.

The malware Hutchins is accused of writing and selling harvested online banking credentials and credit card data.


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