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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Wisconsin

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Superseding Indictment Returned Against Marcus Hutchins

Matthew D. Krueger, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on June 5, 2018, a federal grand jury returned a ten-count superseding indictment against Marcus Hutchins, also known as “Malwaretech,” and “,” related to creating and distributing the Kronos banking Trojan and UPAS Kit malware.

The original six-count indictment was returned against Hutchins on July 11, 2017, following a two-year investigation.  Hutchins, a citizen and resident of the United Kingdom, was arrested in the United States on August 2, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Hutchins pleaded not guilty to the original indictment.  A trial date has not yet been set. 

In the superseding indictment, Hutchins was charged with the following crimes: one count of conspiring to commit computer fraud and abuse and intercept electronic communications; one count of conspiring to commit wire fraud; six counts related to distributing, selling, promoting, and advertising a device used to intercept electronic communications; two counts of attempting to access a computer without authorization; and one count of making a false statement to the FBI. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Cyber Crime Task in Milwaukee. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Michael J. Chmelar and Benjamin W. Proctor.

The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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For additional Information Contact:

Public Information Officer Dean Puschnig, 414.297.1700

Updated June 7, 2018