December 29, 2019

Today marks the 10th anniversary of! Over the past decade, the site has featured more than 1,800 stories focusing mainly on cybercrime, computer security and user privacy concerns. And what a decade it has been.

Stories here have exposed countless scams, data breaches, cybercrooks and corporate stumbles. In the ten years since its inception, the site has attracted more than 37,000 newsletter subscribers, and nearly 100 million pageviews generated by roughly 40 million unique visitors.

Some of those 40 million visitors left more than 100,000 comments. The community that has sprung up around KrebsOnSecurity has been truly humbling and a joy to watch, and I’m eternally grateful for all your contributions.

One housekeeping note: A good chunk of the loyal readers here are understandably security- and privacy-conscious, and many block advertisements by default — including the ads displayed here.

Just a reminder that KrebsOnSecurity does not run third-party ads and has no plans to change that; all of the creatives you see on this site are hosted in-house, are purely image-based, and are vetted first by Yours Truly. Love them or hate ’em, these ads help keep the content at KrebsOnSecurity free to any and all readers. If you’re currently blocking ads here, please consider making an exception for this site.

Last but certainly not least, thank you for your readership. I couldn’t have done this without your encouragement, wisdom, tips and support. Here’s wishing you all a happy, healthy and wealthy 2020, and for another decade of stories to come.

This entry was posted on Sunday 29th of December 2019 07:49 PM

118 thoughts on “Happy 10th Birthday,

  1. hongos

    Thanks for your great website. Without it, I wouldn’t have learned so many new things to do so I don’t have to work a real job.

    1. Larry

      That’s sounds great! Please explain. Thanks to Brian & congrats!

  2. Gord E

    Congrats, I cant believe its been 10 years already. Keep up the fight and looking forward to what you’ll teach me in the next 10 years.

  3. JimV

    And what a decade it’s been…

    Thank you for all of your efforts and the great reporting which you do, Brian!

  4. Mike

    Congratulations. I have been reading since 09. I believe I met you at a SANS conference just prior. Your information is always timely, concise yet informative. Keep going for as long as you like.

  5. KFritz

    This reader uses the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s “Privacy Badger” extension, which blocks tracking while allowing ads.

    KOS is the one the few websites which look exactly the same before and after Privacy Badger. The ads here don’t do no tracking. Kudos to BK and his advertisers for demonstrating how many advertisers and websites do tracking.

    To end with a related rant: there are an increasing number of websites with ads that have tracking as an integral feature. These respond to Privacy Badger by blocking viewing with a message urging readers to “Stop Blocking Ads.” Which, of course, translates as “Please Allow Tracking.” Additionally, I do have Adblock installed, but only deploy it for 3 sites: IMDb, YouTube, and the San Francisco Chronicle’s “SFGate” site. These three are in a class of their own for intrusive advertising.

    Happy New Year to all!

    1. ChuckD

      Yet I’m seeing an Amazon button, a PayPal button and an Akamai button.
      While I’ve been a fan of Brian’s since the beginning, I wonder how accurate the “no third-party” ads statement is.

      1. joe

        He takes Paypal donations, so there’s no mystery there. Akamai used to provide ddos protection to the site, and I don’t know why Amazon has a button on the site.

        1. BrianKrebs Post author

          The Amazon button is just an image hosted locally that if clicked leads you to the page where my book Spam Nation is for sale on Amazon.

  6. JCitizen

    Ten years! Wow – I guess it is just that adding on the Washington Post days, makes it seem longer! Sorry I haven’t been able to contribute like I used to, but I’ve been pretty broke for the last few years. At least I can turn off my adblocker – which I have always done.

    Here’s voting for 10 more years, at the very LEAST!!

  7. Alfonso

    Congratulations and thank you for all you do. Looking forward to the next 10.

  8. Ray

    Hi Brian,
    Congrats. I have also unblocked this site.
    It’s been so long I can’t remember but I’ve been subscribed for a very long time. It may have been Roger Grimes who recommended you. Or maybe Brian Livingston. Once I found you I was hooked.
    Happy New Year.

  9. Talal El Baghouri

    Hi Mr Brian,

    I Wish you a good luck, In your personal, professional life, You & your family/parents, brothers & sisters .
    With best wishes 😉

    Happy new year & Take Care 🙂

  10. Brian Fiori (AKA The Dean)

    Thank you for all you do. I’ve been a reader since the WSJ days and I can say your work keeps getting better.

    Oh, and for the record, this is one of two sites for which I disable the adblocker. They are the only sites I know that serve their own ads and ONLY their own ads.

  11. Henry Winokur

    WOW! This anniversary is just super, Brian…and I remember when you left the Post and hoped–as I recall–“to make a go of it”. Methinks you have succeeded. Your work keeps me–and others, I daresay–“in the loop” on security issues.

    Many thanks and here’s to as someone else said “at LEAST ten more years!”.

  12. Robert Maxwell

    congratulations on an excellent service, and many many thanks!

  13. Charles

    Keep up the great work!!

    Happy New Year.

  14. Don

    Cheers Brian for all the hard work and great content! Here is to another 10+

  15. mark

    Congrats, Brian. I just retired a couple of months ago as a sr. Linux sysadmin, working for the last 10 years for a US federal contractor, and I considered looking at your page part of my job.


  16. Jon

    Thank you for providing consistently well researched, well written articles. I look forward to another 10 years of InfoSec knowledge and guidance.

  17. Rodney Thayer

    Unlike some news sources, you’re not just the guy with the lute and the unreleased single walking behind the real cyber security folks. Your contributions to the conversation are most appreciated.

  18. EM

    Congrats on your 20th anniversary. And thank you for all the stories!

  19. Bjorn

    Dear Brian,

    Never commented here because I cannot contribute anything of value for you, but this post allows me to say thank you for your work and your stories. I love reading them and it’s great seeing someone be a major force for good in this world.

    Looking forward to the next 10 years & wishing you all the best 😉

    With admiration & great respect,
    A big fan of yours.

  20. Nwillc

    Site whitelisted, ads unblocked. Keep up the great content.

  21. Shailaja S

    Congratulations and Thank You for keep feeding us with latest threats / findings from your research and helping us get better in what we do.

  22. dcm

    Thanks for the 10 years! Not only have your articles been fun to read and generally informative, they’ve also provided personally actionable advice as well which was fantastic.

    I’ve frequently forwarded links to your articles to friends and co-workers and encouraged people to sign up to get your email.

    “Thanks” seems so inadequate, but I don’t know what else to say.

    PS — I’ve disabled ad blocker, but Ghostery says Google Analytics and Gravatar trackers are enabled, so I’m blocking those.

  23. Readership1

    KOS is proof that a liberal can achieve widespread acclaim and respect in the security and computing sphere by doggedly sticking to the principles of journalism, passionately learning the material he covers, and cultivating a wide range of sources.


  24. Ron Singleterry

    My many thanks to your great and informative website. I have been a loyal subscriber for many years. Please keep up the great work! Thank you.

    Ron Singleterry
    Information Security Officer

  25. Adam

    Im really proud, that this site reached the 10 Anniversary. Have been reading this blog for a long time and do appreciate the hard work of yours. Keep pushing and doing such a great job

  26. oiajsd

    I love reading stories about dumb cyber criminals and learning from there mistakes, thanks krebs!

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