December 29, 2014

It’s hard to believe, but KrebsOnSecurity turns five years old today! How time flies!

5reflectProbably the most rewarding part about being an independent reporter (for my part, anyway) is watching your readership grow and mature into a community that not only adds perspective and balance but also helps educate other readers.

I’m very proud of the community that’s sprung up around this site, and I’m extremely grateful for all of the support and encouragement from you, Dear Reader. A few dozen readers have sent PayPal or Bitcoin donations, but most have supported this site with their time, expertise and tips (keep those coming, please).

So, from the bottom of my heart, a big THANK YOU and high five to all of you! I wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2015. Here’s to another five great years!

Leaving aside the pieces in my All About Skimmers series, here are some of the most-read, exclusive posts from the past 365 days:

Lorem Ipsum: Of Good and Evil, Google and China

A Peek Inside a Professional Carding Shop

Who’s Selling Credit Cards from Target?

Are Credit Monitoring Services Worth it?

Antivirus is Dead: Long Live Antivirus

Target Hackers Broke in Via HVAC Company

A First Look at the Target Intrusion, Malware

Banks: Credit Card Breach at Home Depot

The Scrap Value of a Hacked PC, Revisited (oldie but a goodie)

This entry was posted on Monday 29th of December 2014 10:48 AM

83 thoughts on “Happy 5th Birthday, KrebsOnSecurity!

  1. dacotahblake

    Congrats on 5 great years of blogging. I have enjoyed reading this blog for all of those 5 years and look forward to many more. I have recommended your blog to everyone that works in our IT risk and security department and they thank me for it every day.

    Blessings to you and yours during this Holiday season…

  2. Sébastien Duquette

    Thanks a bunch Brian, it’s always a pleasure to read your articles. Here’s to another 5 years!

  3. darfar

    I love being in the know with your informative and highly researched articles. While others buzz around trying to find bits of information on the latest security catastrophe, you have it all compiled for us in your succinct, accurate, and educational articles. Thank you for being my security hero! May the force continue to be with you.

    I look forward to your ten year anniversary and all the articles in between.

  4. Susan Walker

    Thank you. I enjoy your blog and I find it helpful. Best wishes to you for happiness and success in the future.

  5. Stratocaster

    Yes, how time flies. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was reading about your and Rob Pegoraro’s departures from the Washington Post.

    “Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.”
    —Groucho Marx

    Many more birthdays and continued success to come.

  6. JimV

    Great work, Brian! Congratulations on the site’s 5th birthday, and if you’ve got a copy or MP3 somewhere of the eponymous Beatles’ tune from the ‘White Album’ at hand, crank it up loud!!!

  7. Fransdad

    Brian, since your WaPo days you’ve been THE go-to guy who keeps my browsing and banking safe. Thanks for everything you do and wish you a Happy New Year!

  8. Barbara B

    Congratulations, Brian! I am so happy that when you left the WP you didn’t decide to become a couch potato! I so look forward to your commentaries. You certainly make the world a far more better place than it is.

  9. Dave Newbern

    Happy Birthday! I just finished reading your book and found it every bit as good as your reporting over the last five years. I was a fan when you were at WaPo and congratulate you on your success and send wishes for many more years of scoops and news!

  10. Guy Floyd

    I don’t know how many times I’ve forwarded your blogs to my banks IT department. Happy Birthday and a have a super duper 2015!

  11. Bob T

    Many, many thanks for your insight, help and advice. As someone who often helps seniors with their computer issues, I appreciate the professional news that you provide. As a group, seniors need more of this kind of up-to-date and clear news.

  12. Ange K

    Thank you Brian for shining a light on the darker parts of the web, and for your excellent investigations and clear writing. And for sharing of your knowledge so freely! Wishing you all the best for the future.

  13. James

    Happy Birthday… I have enjoyed all of your posts…Keep up the good work

  14. Gary B

    Great to hear, keep pissing off the bad guys, but remember when to duck!

  15. Frank Mosher

    Great Blog although I only understand some of it. LOL (Me -not the excellent blog). Happy Birthday!!

  16. B_Brodie

    Congratulations, Brian.

    I bought your book for my retired physician father, who is always asking me about internet scams, and he’s fallen silent since Dec 25th because he has his nose buried in Spam Nation.

    Profit for you; relief for me – everybody wins!

  17. Dirgster

    Congratulations, Brian, happy anniversary!
    I have followed your articles and blogs for many years by now, and you amaze me with your knowledge and professionalism! Without you, most of us would be vulnerable and ignorant in cyberspace, but your tips and helpful advice make us much safer out there!
    Here’s a big thank-you to many more years!

  18. Julian

    Well done Brian. I am pleased and grateful to be able to join with others to wish you well on this anniversary.

  19. Mike

    Just taking this long overdue opportunity to say thanks for all of your articles Brian. Much appreciated.

  20. Bob Owen

    I wish you many more years of publication.
    Reading your emails and stories has been most informative and wish I could compensate you some.
    I don’t think anyone that follows you would object to a little side bar about “send me a dollar if you like this”!

    Happy New Year
    Bob O

  21. Red Rose

    Here’s to another five years (unfortunately) exposing rats and cockroaches (because they won’t vanish overnight).

  22. Kirk S

    Congratulations (and thank you), Brian. I know for a fact that your articles are read and well-recommended in the security teams of at least two, and I imagine more, good tech companies.


    Being a relative newcomer in your cyberland world, Brian, I am irrevocably drawn to your work even as a networking architecture (L-0•L-3) because not only are the two converging in many new ways but I simply find the topics interesting. You present 3 pinnacles of a successful publication. 1.) your topics are relevant to your audience. 2.) You are on the edge of tomorrows events and in the trenches yourself. 3.) Your passionate about your work and it shows. That is an attractive combo and I wish you continued success in the next unwritten chapters and very much look forward to the fruits of your work-2-be.
    Thanks and many blessings in your next 5, 10, 25, 100 years of positive contribution to our society as a whole. Cheers and may you see both green lights on the road as well as in the racks. 😉

  24. Don Clifton


    Happy Birth Day! Wow it sure seems like you have been here longer that that and not in a bad way like cousin Eddie staying for the holidays :p . Great job and have a Happy New Year!

  25. Tim A

    Congrats, Brian! I’ve been hooked since I found your column on the Washing Post, and I look forward to see what’s to come.

  26. Dennis A

    Congrats and thank you for the reporting you do. Like so many others, I recommend your posts to my friends and co-workers, some of whom are in IT.

    Just finished Spam Nation–a terrific read. Keep up the great work!

  27. netjustin

    I need to stop being such a lurker and contribute, but until that happens I’ll just say thanks for the hard work, intel, and tips on staying safe in a world full of risks. Nobody else seems to do what you do, the way you do, as good as you do.

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