Spending lots of money and having fun isn’t against the law, but it is curious in retrospect. The recently unsealed federal indictment claims that Hutchins not only built the Kronos malware, which enables a hacker to steal bank credentials, but also advertised it on AlphaBay, the dark web marketplace that US and European authorities seized a couple weeks ago . It’s unclear if Hutchins’ arrest is connected to that seizure. The indictment claims that Hutchins sold Kronos, at least once, for $2,000. The indictment also claims that Hutchins uploaded a video to YouTube about how Kronos works, a detail that the Department of Justice thinks is incriminating evidence.
He appeared to be totally flummoxed that anyone was mad he wanted taxpayers to pay for his honeymoon travel to Europe, or that they did pay for him and his comically unlikeable wife to go see the eclipse in Kentucky. He jumped into the fray on Trump’s moronic NFL battle , and when his boss cozied up to neo-Nazis Mnuchin made the bizarre tactical decision of covering Trump’s crucial Yalie flank by penning a letter to his fellow alums. He cannot seem to grasp the most basic concepts of public life and he comes off as utterly incapable of learning from his own mistakes.
Shropshire agrees, noting that in years past, “It wasn’t always clear what constituted getting a competitive advantage and what was unethical or illegal. Good people got caught up in it, not knowing how far was too far.” And, with so much grey area and so little supervision, ethical decisions are made in isolation. Pettitte, the Yankees pitcher, for example, says he stopped taking human-growth hormone because he “just didn’t feel right about it” — not because he was afraid of being caught. A clearly enforced policy would help establish the ethical “bright lines” players need, says Shropshire.