22-Yr-Old Who Stopped Last Week’s Global Cyberattack Donates $10,000 Reward To Charity

The Logical Indian Crew

May 19th, 2017

Courtesy: Business Insider | Image Credit: MalwareTechBlog | nymag

Since Friday, 12 May, the world has been hit by a massive cyber attack. It has affected 230,000 computers in 150 countries, leading to crises in hospitals, schools, government offices, and any industry that relied on computers – which is to say, all industries. The attack has been described by Europol, Europe’s police agency, as “unprecedented”, and it continues to affect computers around the world, with analysts warning about the possibility of renewed attacks in coming days.

Friday’s attack was slackened after a random researcher accidentally found a kill switch to combat the malware’s – WannaCry’s – spread. Had the kill switch not been discovered, the impact would have invariably been far more catastrophic.

It was soon revealed that the saviour was a 22-year-old British national who is known online as MalwareTech. His “accidental” discovery led to the halt of what could invariably have escalated into a global crisis. Since then, he has been the subject of great media intrigue, with reporters clamouring to secure an interview with him, and many even gathering outside his residence. He has been irked by the media interest and has requested to be left alone.



Meanwhile, HackerOne, a platform that lets security professionals responsibly report potential security issues in software, often in return for a cash reward, in recognition of MalwareTech’s efforts, offered him a $10,000 bounty. They wrote, “Thank you for your active research into this malware and for making the internet safer!”

It has now been revealed that MalwareTech has donated the $10,000 reward to charity.

“I plan on holding a vote to decide which charities will get the majority of the money,” he wrote after HackerOne’s announcement. “The rest will go to buying books/resources for people looking to get into [information security] who can’t afford them.”



In a message, MalwareTech told Business Insider he hadn’t decided the sort of charities he would give the reward to, and that he planned “to let people suggest which they think is best.”

“I don’t do what I do for money or fame,” he said. “I’d rather give the money to people who need it.”

So why does he do what he does? “Because it helps people, and I enjoy it,” he said.

Share your thoughts..

Art Has The Power To Transform Lives

Related Stories

Twitter Knows Everything About UIDAI CEO, Why? Because He Gave His Authentication Log To SC

Bihar: 12-Yr-Old Boy Uses His Red Shirt To Stop Train Derailment, Saves Lives

Did Facebook Shut Down A “Creepy AI” For Inventing Its Own Language?

Massive Cyberattack Strikes Computers Around The World, India Among Those Affected

Manchester, UK: 22 Dead, Around 59 Injured In A Terrorist Attack, ISIS Claims Responsibility

Wannacry Ransomware Attack

International Cyberattack Underway, India 3rd Most Affected: How You Can Be Safe

Latest on The Logical Indian

Fact Check

Post-Mortem Report Of Kathua Victim Contradicts Dainik Jagran’s Front Page Splash

Fact Check

Kathua Rape: J&K Police Rubbishes Reports Published By Dainik Jagran, Confirms Sexual Assault

News

BJP Youth Wing Leader Boasts About Setting Fire To Rohingya Camp In Delhi, Complaints Filed

Environment

Kerala: This Bank Goes Beyond Its Duties And Helps 800 Villagers Learn Organic Farming

Legal

Seven Opposition Parties Move Impeachment Motion Against CJI; Submit Petition To Vice President With 71 Signatures

News

Gujarat HC Acquits Maya Kodnani From Naroda Patiya Case, Worst Massacre Of 2002 Gujarat Riots