December 29, 2018

Hard to believe we’ve gone another revolution around the Sun: Today marks the 9th anniversary of!

This past year featured some 150 blog posts, but as usual the biggest contribution to this site came from the amazing community of readers here who have generously contributed their knowledge, wit and wisdom in more than 10,000 comments.

Speaking of generous contributions, more than 100 readers have expressed their support in 2018 via PayPal donations to this site. The majority of those funds go toward paying for subscription-based services that KrebsOnSecurity relies upon for routine data gathering and analysis. Thank you.

Your correspondence and tips have been invaluable, so by all means keep them coming. For the record, I’m reachable via a variety of means, including email, the contact form on this site, and of course Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter (direct messages are open to all). For more secure and discreet communications, please consider reaching out via Keybase, Wicker (krebswickr), or Signal (by request).

Many of you have requested a redesign to make this site more mobile-friendly. We’d targeted for that to happen in 2018, but multiple unforeseen circumstances conspired to delay that project this year. Rest assured, that long-overdue change will be coming soon in 2019. Thanks for your patience.

Below are some of the most-read and commented-on enterprise stories throughout 2018, a year marked by a relentless onslaught of data breaches, data leaks and increasingly sneaky scams. It seems unlikely that 2019 will be any different, and while I will endeavor to keep readers abreast of the latest threats and trends, I’m also interested to hear what you would like to see more of in the coming year. So please sound off in the comments below or drop me a note.

By the way, if you’d prefer to keep up with KrebsOnSecurity posts via email, please consider signing up for the newsletter (expect ~3-4 emails per week).

Thanks again for your readership, encouragement and support. Happy New Year!

A Chief Security Concern for Executive Teams

What the Marriott Breach Says About Security

Half of All Phishing Sites Now Have the Padlock

Voice Phishing Scams Are Getting More Clever

Hanging Up on Mobile in the Name of Security

Google: Security Keys Neutralized Employee Phishing

Plant Your Flag, Mark Your Territory Leaks Millions of Customer Records

Tracking Firm LocationSmart Leaked Location Data for Customers of All Major U.S. Mobile Carriers

Don’t Give Away Historical Details About Yourself

This entry was posted on Saturday 29th of December 2018 10:51 AM

60 thoughts on “Happy 9th Birthday, KrebsOnSecurity!

  1. BaliRob

    Jack is obviously not a friend of yours but I would definitely like you as a friend because of the care
    for users like myself – thank you for everything you
    have done for us over the past nine years.

  2. Jerry

    Thank you Brian for doing great job!
    I respect the work you’ve been doing!

  3. Kirk

    I had assumed your blog had been out there much longer than that. I’ve been in InfoSec professionally for about 10 years now, and when I started doing security for work, I would read every article you posted, and I still try to catch each one now. Lots of respect for you, and your excellent writing.

  4. Gordon

    9 Years already, seems like yesterday I was reading you in the Washington Post. Keep up the good work.

  5. Gordon

    9 Years already, seems like yesterday I was reading you in the Washington Post. Keep up the good work.

  6. Chris Quinn

    Wow, 9 years, that’s great. I want you to know that even though I don’t comment that often, your site is on the list as one of the tabs to “open on launch” when I start Google Chrome – I always look forward to a new post from you, and even if there isn’t a new post for that particular day, sometimes I skim threw the archives to read an older post.

    Thank you Brian for your excellent, non-biased reporting for the security industry. This site has taught me a lot.

  7. Mander

    Congrats Brian!

    Your blog is a must check for me each morning when I sit down at my desk.

    I love your book and every person I have read does as well.

    Your documentation on how carding works has really helped my company institute changes in how we approach data.

    Keep up the amazing work!

  8. Andrew Rossetti

    Happy Birthday and keep up the great work! You contributions are greatly appreciated!

  9. Daniel

    Coming out of the lurker corner to say thanks for all the work that goes into researching these things and then all the work to turn it into well-produced articles that can speak to both security professionals and the non-security conscious.

    I love follow the breadcrumbs type articles and I have often shared the PSA type articles with family and friends. All of the articles are good, but those two types in particular are what I read and share most enthusiastically.

  10. Julia

    Congratulations on your 9 year anniversary! I wish you and yours a safe and happy new year!

  11. mark

    Congrats, and thanks, Brian. As a sysadmin, I figure looking at your column every day is part of my job, and I don’t know how many folks I’ve recommended you to.

  12. Dizzy Lizzy

    Wow, congrats Brian! I consult your site very regularly to enhance both my personal and professional awareness of the security issues that can have such enormous impact on everyone in the 21st century. I’m proud to also refer my family and colleagues to your site, too. Thank you for all you do, and keep up the amazing work! (Now, I’m off to click on that PayPal link to make a donation…) All the best for a fantastic 2019.

  13. JimV

    Anyone else have the Beatles’ “Number Nine” playing in the background as a mental soundtrack when reading this post…?

    Big congrats on the front nine, Brian…and for many more in that expansive back nine!

  14. Steve

    Thank you, Brian. I can certainly say that I am thankful for you.

    I also want to thank you for your bravery. It is clear from your articles that you need to deal with many who have a disregard for ethics, law, and even basic human decency. I hope that this comments section helps to fill you with a continued confirmation that your work makes a positive difference for many, and that the sacrifices you have made to forgo a “normal” life have been worthwhile. May God Bless you, Brian.

  15. George G

    Happy Birthday and Happy New Year!

    Many thanks for years of providing valuable and interesting information.

    Also thanks to many of your readers for the good comments.

  16. Robert Scroggins

    Congratulations, Brian, and thank you for keeping me informed about computer security for the past nine years.


  17. Henry Winokur

    Congratulations, Brian. Like so many of your fans, I thank you for the work you do. Where would we be without it (and you)? I don’t even want to take a wild guess, ’cause the answer is probably something along the lines of “up a *particular* creek”! 😉

  18. JCitizen

    Wow! Time flies when you’re having fun! It seems longer, but part of that is because I read you when you were with the Post. Thanks for all you do!

  19. dmarc

    Happy 9th Anniversary Brian Along with many others, I thank you for all your hard work and appreciate your efforts to educate and alert us. You’ll probably never know how far reaching and important the work you do is or how much we value you!

  20. Michael

    Happy birthday Brian! Keep up the great work that you do!!

  21. SeymourB

    Hopefully your next 9 include fewer swatting incidents.

  22. meh

    Congrats on the 9 years, hopefully many more. I always look forward to the in depth analysis that is missing everywhere else.

  23. Andrew Rowe

    Well done on 9 years of great journalism. Your site is a daily read for me. It is one of the best for an in depth understanding of security breaches.

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