Cyber Community Shocked by U.K. Hacking Expert’s Arrest in the U.S.

LONDON—The arrest in the U.S. on hacking-related charges of a British computer whiz hailed for slowing a massive global cyberattack in May has stunned and divided the cybersecurity community.

It also shines a spotlight on a gray area in cybersecurity, the often hidden forums where experts trying to protect corporate and government interests interact clandestinely with suspected criminals.

U.S. authorities said they arrested…

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