Dec 11

Happy 2nd Birthday, KrebsOnSecurity.com!

I’m taking a short break from some year-end downtime to observe that KrebsOnSecurity.com turns two years old today!

This past year, KrebsOnSecurity.com has featured more than 200 blog posts, and attracted 5,000+ reader comments. It has been humbling to watch the audience here steadily grow and mature into a community. The expertise and conversations offered by readers in the blog comments have added immeasurably to the value and usefulness of this site.

My research and reporting involved more than a dozen public speaking events around the globe in 2011. The highlights of my work-related travel included trips to Austria, Canada, Poland, Russia, and The Netherlands. 2012 promises more interesting destinations.

When I founded Krebs On Security LLC in late 2009, I had no idea if it would work out. This past year, I’ve respectfully turned down some very flattering offers to work at important publications. The money and (apparent) stability those opportunities held out were certainly enticing, but I’m having way too much fun on my own, and today I can scarcely imagine doing anything else.

I look forward to continuing my investigative reporting on cybercrime, cybersecurity, and the underground economy. Most of all, I look forward to your continued readership and support. Thank you.

In case you missed them, here are some of the most-read investigative stories on KrebsOnsecurity.com from 2011:

Russian Cops Crash Pill Pusher Party

SpamIt, Glavmed Pharmacy Networks Exposed

Is Your Computer Listed “For Rent”?

Rent-a-Bot Networks Tied to TDSS Botnet

Who’s Behind the TDSS Botnet?

Gang Used 3D Printers for ATM Skimmers

Digital Hit Men for Hire

Beware of Juice-Jacking

Coordinated ATM Heists Net Thieves $13 Million

Rustock Botnet Suspect Sought Job at Google

Apple Took 3+ Years to Fix FinFisher Trojan Hole

Advanced Persistent Tweets: Zero-Day in 140 Characters

Pro-Grade (3D-Printer Made?) ATM Skimmer

How Much is Your Identity Worth?



  1. Reading your column has been one highlight of the day that I haven’t missed and am glad you will be with us, enlightening us, pointing out the pitfalls and showing us that doing things the right way still matter.

    Happy anniversary and many more joyous ones to come.

  2. Congrats, really look forward to receiving your newsletter, always a good read.

    I wish you (and all in the Krebs community) a happy & prosperous New Year.

  3. Great Job.Congratulations and Happy New Year 2012!

  4. Happy B-Day ! I have been following Brian since the WP days and have always enjoyed reading the articles Brian has put together, and look forward to doing so for many more years…Cheers Brian.

  5. Congratulations Brian! Having been through a similar experience – being laid off and having to start my own business (2 1/2 years now) – I fully appreciate your efforts and your success! I wish you many more years of doing what you enjoy doing!

  6. all I can say is: Thank You.

  7. I say all honesty, I am fondly following you. Happy second anniversary KrebsOnSecurity.com. Happy new year Brian Krebs and happy new year readers 😉

  8. Happy Birthday from a relatively low-tech but appreciative and regular reader! Here’s to continued success and, most importantly, fun!

  9. Congratulations! It’s great to hear you’re doing so well that you can turn down jobs in the dead tree industry. Meanwhile, some of those guys at crutop.nu who thought Santa Claus had brought them a Christmas gift when you left WaPo two years ago may have to ask Santa for something warm to wear in their Siberian prison camps.

  10. Well done and Happy Birthday.
    Like others, I am relatively low tech but greatly appreciate the advice and associated comments.
    I particularly like the direct links to update certain software.
    Again, well done and a big Thank You.

  11. Congratulations Brian!! You did a great job. Big Thank You and a Happy new Year!

  12. Happy 2nd birthday, and thank you Brian for the amazing work. Here’s to another year of shining a harsh light into some dark places.

    SiL / IKS / concerned citizen

  13. Happy Birthday KrebsOnSecurity! I am a proud reader from the start!

  14. happy birthday…and congrats….and thanks! keep up the great work!

  15. Mr. Krebs-

    Happy Anniversary! You’re truly an asset to the security community, and yours is one of the blogs I feel truly enlightened by every time I read a new article.

    *Raising my glass, looking forward to the future!*

  16. Congratulations and thanks! You are tops. Happy birthday and many more.

  17. Congrats on two years of “flying solo” and all the great posts. Your site is asset to the IT security world. Cheers!

  18. Merci pour
    l effort ,et le partage
    bonne continuation
    a vous