The 22-year-old Brit who stopped the global cyberattack is donating his $10,000 reward to charity

May 17, 2017 · businessinsider.com

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The 22-year-old Brit who "accidentally" halted Friday's devastating global cyberattack says he plans to give his $10,000 (£7,700) reward to charity.

"I don't do what I do for money or fame," he told Business Insider. "I'd rather give the money to people who need it."

Late last week, a ransomware attack that made use of a leaked NSA (National Security Agency) "EternalBlue" software exploit spread rapidly round the world, infecting organisations in more than 150 countries, from Britain's National Health Service (NHS) to Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, Nissan, and FedEx.

But the "WannaCry" malware's spread was halted when a pseudonymous British security researcher who goes by the name "MalwareTech" registered a website he found when investigating the malware's code. In doing so, he inadvertently triggered a "killswitch" — and he continued to host the website when he realised what he had done.

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