Brian Krebs is an independent investigative reporter who writes about cybercrime at the website KrebsOnSecurity.com. Formerly with The Washington Post (1995-2009), Krebs is best known for breaking stories on high-profile data breaches, including those that hit Target, Home Depot, Neiman Marcus, and Michaels. A frequent interviewee and public speaker, Krebs has been profiled by 60 Minutes, The New York Times, Poynter.org, and Business Week. Krebs’ new book, Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime—From Global Epidemic to Your Front Door—is now a New York Times bestseller.
Perhaps the most colorful profile of Brian to date came in a February 2014 story in the New York Times, which observed: “Mr. Krebs—a former reporter at The Washington Post who taught himself to read Russian while jogging on his treadmill and who blogs with a 12-gauge shotgun by his side—is so entrenched in the digital underground that he is on a first-name basis with some of Russia’s major cybercriminals.
Many call him regularly, leak him documents about their rivals, and tryto bribe and threaten him to keep their names and dealings off his blog. His clean-cut looks and plain-speaking demeanor seem more appropriate for a real-estate broker than a man who spends most of his waking hours studying the Internet’s underbelly. But few have done more to shed light on the digital underground than Mr. Krebs.”