Marcus Hutchins, 23, appeared in court in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was arrested August 2 in the Las Vegas airport on his way home to England after a cybersecurity convention.
British cyber security researcher Marcus Hutchins pleaded not guilty on Monday to federal charges he built and sold malicious code used to steal banking credentials. He had been in Las Vegas for a cybersecurity convention.
Hutchins is a "brilliant young man and a hero", his attorney, Marcia Hoffman, told reporters on Monday shortly after the arraignment.
According to his lawyers, Marcus Hutchins, from Devon, will "vigorously defend himself" and be "fully vindicated" when his case goes to trial.
He is free on $30,000 bail, but with strict conditions.
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As the case continues, Hutchins has been given the right to both live and work in Los Angeles. Hutchins' current work wasn't detailed at Monday's hearing.
He and an unnamed co-defendant face charges of conspiring to commit computer fraud in the state and elsewhere.
The legal troubles Hutchins faces are a dramatic turnaround from the status of cybercrime-fighting hero he enjoyed four months ago when he found a "kill switch" to slow the outbreak of the WannaCry virus. The charges are related to conduct that allegedly took place between July 2014 and July 2015.
The next hearing in the case was set for October 17, with an October 23 trial date, though the latter was expected to change due to the case's complexity. Another defendant is also involved in the case but has not yet been named.
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