Support MalwareTech!

by Tarah Wheeler

Support MalwareTech!

by Tarah Wheeler
Tarah Wheeler
Case Owner
We're friends of MalwareTech, and we want him to have the best legal defense available to him.
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on 28th August 2017
$30,601
pledged of $50,000 stretch target from 466 pledges
Tarah Wheeler
Case Owner
We're friends of MalwareTech, and we want him to have the best legal defense available to him.

Latest: May 16, 2019

Thank you so much for your support of Marcus!

Thank you so much for your support. Today will be the last day this campaign accepts donations, as Marcus goes into his sentencing hearing July 26th. If you donated, you have been following this ca...

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Marcus Hutchins, also known as MalwareTech, is the hero security researcher from the United Kingdom who stopped the WannaCry ransomware that attacked computers around the world in May. In July, he was arrested at the airport by the United States FBI as he was leaving DEFCON, the annual gathering of information security researchers in Las Vegas, Nevada. Family and friends began frantically searching for him when he did not show up in the UK.

We've now found out that Marcus is being prosecuted under wiretap law and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act--the CFAA. This United States law is notorious for its broad reach and vague language, which makes it vulnerable to creative interpretations and chills important security research. Fortunately, Marcus has an incredibly strong legal team in his corner. Marcia Hofmann is one of the most well known computer crime lawyers in the country, and is the first call of any security researcher faced with an overreaching CFAA charge. Brian Klein is a top federal criminal defense attorney who focuses on cutting-edge technology cases like Marcus's. Together they're the strongest indication that the security community believes Marcus should have the most vigorous and competent defense possible.

You can learn more about the case timeline here.

We, the information security community, and anyone who believes that Marcus Hutchins deserves the right to strong representation and a fair trial, are supporting Marcus's defense by raising funds to defray his legal expenses and fees (including experts), and doing whatever else is needed to help Marcus in his legal fight during these difficult times. This will be a long battle, but we're here all the way through. Marcus is aware of this campaign and appreciates everyone's help tremendously. 

Janet Hutchins, Marcus's mom, says to you all: "'Thank you' doesn't seem enough. We have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity shown to Marcus and ourselves."

Thank you,

Tarah Wheeler and Andrew Mabbitt

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Tarah Wheeler

May 16, 2019

Thank you so much for your support of Marcus!

Thank you so much for your support. Today will be the last day this campaign accepts donations, as Marcus goes into his sentencing hearing July 26th. If you donated, you have been following this case, but if you'd like to know more, NBC has a not-entirely-terrible article that gives the timeline: https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/british-cybersecurity-researcher-who-helped-stop-wannacry-attack-pleads-guilty-n996561 

While those of us close to this situation have no doubt that a massive injustice was perpetrated against Marcus from the beginning of this case, we also believe that attorneys Marcia Hofmann, Brian Klein, and Dan Stiller fought like giants to defend Marcus and have been pillars of integrity, legal wisdom, and guidance. It's been your donations that have supported the experts and legal work which has consistently pushed back against the worst overreach and law enforcement misconduct in this case. You've helped keep MalwareTech safe.

Soon, we will ask for letters of support from some people in the community, as this will play a role in what happens next with the courts. If you think you might be a good person to write a letter of support, you can DM me on Twitter @tarah or email me at t@tarah.org, and I'll help get you set up if you'll be a good fit for writing a letter. 

If you have any questions about the crowdfunding campaign or what happens now, you can email either me at the email above, or contact Marcia Hofmann's firm, Zeitgeist Law, as they hold all funds from this campaign in an escrow account. 

Andrew and I want to express our gratitude for your support, and I know that Janet Hutchins, Marcus's mom, would also love to tell you all how much she appreciates your support of her son. 

Thank you all,

Tarah Wheeler & Andrew Mabbitt

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