December 28, 2012

It’s difficult to believe I’ve been doing this solo thing for so long, but as a thoughtful reader just reminded me, Dec. 29 marks the third anniversary of the blog!

3rdThis past year, KrebsOnSecurity featured nearly 200 blog posts, entries that have generated some 5,700 reader comments. Reader feedback and comments add tremendous value to this site, and are frequently the source of inspiration for future blog posts. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience with the rest of us!

Readers sometimes ask why I am not writing about the latest report or story-du-jour. The short answer is that this is precisely why I remain an independent investigative reporter: To be able to focus on subjects and topics that few others are examining, and to do original reporting. That will continue to be my goal going into 2013.

Some readers have been especially generous: So far this year has received more than 40 donations via the PayPal Donate! button in the sidebar. Several readers (particularly Aleksey and Alek) have been extremely generous with their time in helping with professional translations of certain Russian texts.

My work in 2012 involved numerous public speaking engagements, including talks and/or keynotes in Halifax, Qatar, Alabama, California, Connecticut, Illinois, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

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, Happy Holidays, and a very Happy New Year to all.

42 thoughts on “Happy 3rd Birthday!

  1. John

    Happy 3rd Anniversary, Brian!

    I cannot imagine being able to negotiate all the security hurdles without your invaluable advice and guidance.


  2. Jim Evans

    Thank you for all your work. Happy Anniversary and Happy New Year.

  3. Adam

    Happy Anniversary! And we’re waiting for more insight into Russian underground 🙂

  4. Maureen

    Happy 3rd Birthday! While you may think it seems like such a short time, I think of it as the reverse. Since I’ve been reading your site, it feels like a very long time since I have gotten into a real jam. Brian and his faithful readers are the greatest.

    Wishing you many more years!

    And thank you, Brian, for your hard work and excellent reporting!

  5. Carol

    ~ A Happy 3rd.
    ~ All the best for the New Year.

    And a big …. THANK YOU!

  6. JimV

    May there be many more birthdays and happy new years in the future of this outstanding and informative blog (and in your own personal life as well, Brian)!

  7. Allen Kent

    Congratulations on your success! Keep up the great work.

  8. d

    Three years! Wow, it seems like it was just yesterday when you were signing off from WoPo.

    Congrats and keep up the good work!

  9. Lucy


    Any chance of adding Brazil to your list of “public speaking”?

  10. Steve Sanford

    Thanks for your independent reporting Brian, I have been an avid reader of your site for most of the three years and consider your reporting to be invaluable information in my continuing effort to be successful in the fight for information and financial security. I look forward to reading your reporting and will support your efforts in 2013.

  11. Wladimir Palant

    Happy 3rd Anniversary! Thank you Brian and please keep up the good work. It is always a pleasure to read your blog – exactly because it covers angles that nobody else does. And it is remarkable how other media pick up your posts on a regular basis.

  12. Mark

    I can’t imagine starting the day without checking this website.

  13. Bob Skattum


    Your website is one that I refer too often and have come to rely on for early warning about software updates as well as the myriad of security issues you cover in the wide, wonderful world of payments.

    Happy third anniversary and keep up the great reporting for us all!

    Happy New Year!

  14. John Jackson

    Congratulations for another year away from wapo! Adding my thanks for your relentless quest for security, and your timely tips for all of us.

    Your ’81 FHS alumnus brother,

    1. voksalna

      Brian’s friends will most likely thank you for the easy access to the security question answer. 😛

  15. Stratocaster

    I recommend your blog to all of the (alleged) IT pros I know in our company and personal contacts as well. Invaluable and essential stuff.

  16. Dirgster

    My, how time flies! Has it already been three years since you started “Krebs on Security”? Your columns in the Washington Post caught my attention at the time, and ever since then I’ve been following your posts. Your professional advice and expertise have kept so many of us out of trouble and built up defenses against the bad guys out there in cyber space. Happy 3rd anniversary and a healthy New Year with peace for all mankind! Thank you for your persevering hard work, Brian!

    1. BoonDox

      Like the commenter above, I also followed you from the Post.

      Congratulations on reaching this milestone!

  17. Raj

    Congrats and keep up the good work. All the info is very useful for us to keep alert online.

    Happy new year !

  18. Gary

    Are contributions to tax-deductible in the US?

  19. mike acker

    yep, good job Brian and keep up the good work

    hack reports would be a bit better if, when possible, to include a description of the victim system . was CFR running XP or Win7 ? why were they riunning IE8 ? because they’re still on XP ?

    folks should all be on Win7 by now with UAC and AV package . if in commercial environment they should also be running AppLocker

  20. Troy

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! It does seem longer than just 3 years, but maybe that’s because I followed you when you were at WaPo. Thanks for all you do in this field and continued success in 2013.

  21. Heron

    Congrats. Have you ever considered doing a monthly Q&A? It wouldn’t have to be a live chat; people could submit questions as blog comments.

    Thanks for all that you do.

  22. Chuck

    Congratulations, Brian, and thank you for the superb service that you offer. I get your RSS feed, and it’s one of the first things I check every day; more than once, you have been the first to alert me to essential security updates.

  23. Omer Bauer

    Brian….You did great!
    I’ve been with you all three yrs. and have not been disappointed.
    Have a really good year.

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