The Latest: Court appearance postponed in cybersecurity case

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Posted: Aug 08, 2017 9:48 AM
The Latest: Court appearance postponed in cybersecurity case

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Latest on the British cybersecurity researcher accused of creating a malware program (all times local):

8:30 a.m.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says a Milwaukee court appearance for a British cybersecurity researcher accused of creating and distributing malware has been rescheduled.

Office spokeswoman Elizabeth Makowski says Marcus Hutchins is now scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 14 in federal court in Milwaukee. The arraignment was initially set for Tuesday.

Hutchins was arrested last week in Las Vegas. The charges against Hutchins claim that years before he was praised for helping to stop a worldwide ransomware attack last May he created and distributed a malware program to pilfer banking passwords from unsuspecting computer users.

Hutchins faces six counts, including conspiracy to commit computer fraud in 2014 and 2015.

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This item has been corrected to say Hutchin's arraignment has been rescheduled for Aug. 14, not Aug. 15.

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2:50 a.m.

A Tuesday court date looms in Wisconsin for a British cybersecurity researcher arrested last week in Las Vegas, where he was still being held in federal custody on Monday.

Marcus Hutchins faces charges saying that years before he won acclaim for helping to stop a worldwide ransomware attack last May he created and distributed a malware program to pilfer banking passwords from unsuspecting computer users.

He was arrested last week at McCarran International Airport following the Def Con convention for computer security professionals in Las Vegas.

Electronic Frontier Foundation general counsel Kurt Opsahl says he's awaiting word that $30,000 bail was posted and Hutchins had been released in Nevada.

Hutchins is due Tuesday in federal court in Milwaukee on six charges, including conspiracy to commit computer fraud in 2014 and 2015.