Surfer worked from bedroom to beat cyberattack

The young British computer expert who stopped the spread of a global cyber attack has been offered free pizza for a year from food delivery service Just Eat.

Hutchins spent three days fighting the spread of the virus, saving hundreds of thousands of computers across the world from infection.

"My job is to look for ways we can track and potentially stop botnets (and other kinds of malware), so I'm always on the lookout to pick up unregistered malware control server (C2) domains", Hutchins noted on his blog.

The WannaCry attack blocked people's files on their computer and demanded at least £230 ($300) to release them again.

"[Marcus] not only saved the United States but also prevented further damage to the rest of the world", he said.

He said the company was not able to identify "Patient Zero", the first system infected, which would give researchers more information about who was behind the attack.

Neino said the worm was "poorly designed" - patched together and a "sum of different parts" with an unsophisticated payment system.

Kryptos Logic is one of hundreds of companies working to combat online threats for companies, government agencies and individuals around the world.

Mr Kurtis Baron, founder of London-based Fidus Information Security, who travelled with Mr Hutchins to Las Vegas past year, said his friend was just doing his job when he stopped the attack.

But he realises his newfound fame will mean an end to the anonymity.

After all, now he is a computer celebrity.

The keen surfer, who reportedly lives in Devon, was praised by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) for his part in tackling the ransomware's propagation around the world.

"My name is out in the papers (and) my general location is, so I don't think I'm ever going back to being the malware tech that no one knew".

It is likely to be a big adjustment.

His mother Janet, a nurse, could not be prouder, and was happy to have the anonymity lifted. Hutchins works out of his bedroom in the seaside resort town of Ilfracombe on a sophisticated computer setup with three large screens.

"I seem to be getting a little too much attention, I didn't really want any of it", Hutchins said. As he did a sound-check for the camera, he was so anxious he misspelled his last name, giving it as "H-U-T-C-H-I-S", without the "n".

Speaking to MailOnline, the cyber specialist, known as MalwareTech, said: "In future someone might want to retaliate - they could find my identity within seconds".

Many will be following his next moves. CyberSecurity Ventures, which tracks the industry, estimates global spending on cybersecurity will jump to $US120 billion this year from just $US3.5 billion in 2004. Other images showed the security expert, who did not go to university, in Las Vegas on a trip to Defcon, a convention for internet hackers.

His social media accounts are peppered with tweets about surfing and photos of the waves.

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