Anyone who knows anything about security researchers and bloggers knows of Brian Krebs and his blog, KrebsOnSecurity.com; nevertheless, here’s some background in case you’re wondering:
Brian Krebs worked as a reporter for The Washington Post from 1995 to 2009, authoring more than 1,300 blog posts for the Security Fix blog, as well as hundreds of storiesfor washingtonpost.com and The Washington Post newspaper, including eight front-page stories in the dead-tree edition and a Post Magazine cover piece on botnet operators.
According to Dan Goodin at Ars Technica, Krebs is known for work that includes:
- “Exposés [that] completely shut down a California hosting service that coddled spammers and child pornographers and severely disrupted an organized crime syndicate known as Russian Business Network” and, more recently,
- “Investigative journalism that followed the money to the people who sell malware exploit kits, illicitly procured credit reports, and denial-of-service services in underground forums.”
It’s hardly a surprise that he has made enemies in the cybercrime underworld. Last week, some of those enemies attacked him. Writing in a March 13 blog post, he described what happened:
It’s not often that one has the opportunity to be the target of a cyber and kinetic [armed -Ed.] attack at the same time. But that is exactly what’s happened to me and my Web site over the past 24 hours. On Thursday afternoon, my site was the target of a fairly massive denial of service attack. That attack was punctuated by a visit from a heavily armed local police unit that was tricked into responding to a 911 call spoofed to look like it came from my home.
Fortunately, everything turned out fine, but the incident serves to illustrate that cyber-criminals–Krebs calls them cowards–are very jealous of their turf and will retaliate against those who they believe have violated it.
If you enjoy reading about real-life attacks via cyberspace, you should check out the post here.