Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Marcus Hutchins, slayer of WannaCry worm, pleads guilty to malware charges

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Marcus Hutchins, slayer of WannaCry worm, pleads guilty to malware charges

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica |

GUILTY —

Hutchins once proclaimed his innocence. Now he admits he created the Kronos bank trojan.


Hexbyte - Tech News - Ars Technica | Then-23-year-old security researcher Marcus Hutchins in his bedroom in Ilfracombe, UK, in July 2017, just weeks before his arrest on malware charges.
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Then-23-year-old security researcher Marcus Hutchins in his bedroom in Ilfracombe, UK, in July 2017, just weeks before his arrest on malware charges.

Marcus Hutchins, the security researcher who helped neutralize the virulent WannaCry ransomware worm, has pleaded guilty to federal charges of creating and distributing malware used to break into online bank accounts.

“I regret these actions and accept full responsibility for my mistakes,” Hutchins wrote in a short post. “Having grown up, I’ve since been using the same skills that I misused several years ago for constructive purposes. I will continue to devote my time to keeping people safe from malware attacks.”

Hutchins was changed in August 2017 with creating Kronos, a banking trojan that stole online bank account passwords from infected computers. A superseding indictment filed 10 months later charged him with 10 felony counts that alleged he created a second piece of malware called UPAS Kit. Hutchins, whose online persona MalwareTech attracts more than 143,000 followers on Twitter, had a league of vocal defenders claiming the allegations were false.

In a plea agreement filed in federal court Friday, Hutchins pleaded guilty to two of the 10 counts. One count charged him with distributing Kronos, while the other charged him with conspiracy. Prosecutors agreed to drop the remainder of their case. The agreement, which is signed by Hutchins, includes the following elements:

  • The conspiracy as charged existed;
  • The defendant knowingly became a member of the conspiracy with the intent to advance the conspiracy;
  • And one of the conspirators committed an overt act in an effort to advance the go

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Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Reverse review bomb? AC: Unity draws praise for Notre Dame preservation

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Reverse review bomb? AC: Unity draws praise for Notre Dame preservation

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Solidarite —

Average Steam user score shifts from “Mixed” to “Very Positive” in recent days.


Hexbyte - Tech News - Ars Technica | The famous cathedral lives on in interactive digital form.
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The famous cathedral lives on in interactive digital form.

At this point, we’re actually a little tired of

stories about “review bombing

,” where various put-upon groups of gamers gather together to leave a flood a negative user reviews, often for issues that have nothing to do with the game itself. But this week’s flood of

positive

reviews for Ubisoft’s

Assassin’s Creed Unity

on Steam is a different (and much rarer) story altogether.

The impetus for this reverse review-bomb (Review rocket? Review scaffolding? Review hug?) came earlier this week after the tragic fire in Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral. On Wednesday, Ubisoft announced it would be donating €500,000 to help rebuild the cathedral that’s recreated as a central landmark in Assassin’s Creed Unity. On top of that, the company is giving away free copies of the game on its UPlay platform through April 25 as a way to encourage further donations and in order “to give everyone the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of Notre-Dame the best way we know how.”

“When we created Assassin’s Creed Unity, we developed an even closer connection with this incredible city and its landmarks,” the company wrote this week. “One of the most notable elements of the game was the extraordinary recreation of Notre-Dame… We hope, with this small gesture, we can provide everyone an opportunity to appreciate our virtual homage to this monumental piece of architecture.”

The PR-focused altruism seems to have paid

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Hexbyte – Science and Tech Cuphead update brings the PC and Xbox One versions in line with Switch – Destructoid

Hexbyte – Science and Tech Cuphead update brings the PC and Xbox One versions in line with Switch – Destructoid

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Mugman in single-player and new art

If you’re digging into Cuphead now that it’s newly available on Nintendo Switch, I hope you’re loving the run-and-gun game as much as many of us did back in 2017. I’m long overdue a replay. Even though I haven’t double-dipped on Switch, the timing still works out great for me. Studio MDHR just updated the Xbox One and PC versions of Cuphead with a few extra features, refinements, and fixes.

Namely, it’s now possible to bypass Cuphead right from the get-go and play as his brother Mugman in single-player. The team has also added new animation and art, including animated story cutscenes across the board. My personal favorite: mummies now explode in a burst of confetti upon defeat.

Hexbyte - Science and Tech You can now play as Mugman in Cuphead's single-player mode

Cuphead supports more languages, too. Localization isn’t the most eye-catching inclusion in an update, but this kind of support can have a tremendous impact when it comes to growing the audience. As it stands, Cuphead offers localized text in French, Italian, German, European Spanish, Latin Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Japanese, Korean, and Simplified Chinese.

“We know how long folks have been waiting for this, so we took special care in the quality of each translation, and curated fonts that felt just right for each audience,” said the studio. “In fact, we even partnered with expert calligraphers to bring the Boss & Level title lettering to life in Korean, Chinese, and Japanese – drawing inspiration from the early cartoon works of each country!”

That extra touch strikes me as so on-brand for Studio MDHR. Give ’em time and they’ll deliver.

There is one final important detail for PC users, and it pertains to DirectX 9. This latest game update necessitated a more recent version of Unity that doesn’t support DX9. As such, if you aren’t running DX11, you’ll need to access Cuphead‘s “legacy- 1.1.5 DX9” version from the Betas tab in the Properties menu within Steam. It’s worth stressing that this legacy version doesn’t include the aforementioned features and it won’t be compatible with the upcoming Delicious Last Course expansion.

For any new players reading this, some parting advice: embrace the Charge shot.

Golly! A Swell Free Content Update is Available Now in Cuphead 1.2 [Steam via Twitter]

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