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British software researcher Marcus Hutchins is set to face a hearing in the US district court in Wisconsin on 14 August, following his arrest and subsequent release on bail on charges of having written and distributed a banking trojan known as Kronos.

Hutchins will come up before Magistrate Judge Duffin at 10am that day (1am AEDT on 15 August).

He was arrested in Las Vegas on 2 August after he had boarded a plane to leave the country after attending the annual DEFCON conference.

Hutchins gained prominence in May when he registered a domain found within the code of the WannaCry ransomware and inadvertently stopped its spread.

While the chargesheet filed against Hutchins only accuses him of being involved in writing and spreading Kronon, the head of a security firm, Dave Aitel of Immunity, has alleged that he was involved in WannaCry himself.

Hutchins' bail, set at US$30,000, was raised through donations.

There was no time to raise sufficient funds last Friday so he was released on Monday.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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