Blogger who exposed Target data breach sheds light on digital underground

  • Article by: NICOLE PERLROTH , New York Times
  • Updated: February 17, 2014 - 8:20 AM

Cybercriminals aren’t fond of Brian Krebs, who exposed Target’s credit card breach.

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wallyworldmnFeb. 16, 1410:11 PM

Edward Snowden should learn from this blogger. Brian Krebs shows professionalism and expertise in exposing hacks and cybercrime. This is in stark contrast to theft of passwords, data and documents and then run to an enemy county like Snowden did. This blogger is providing an honorable public service exposing cybercrime.

hotbariFeb. 16, 1411:50 PM

"Unlike physical crime, online thefts are hushed up by companies that worry the disclosure will inflict more damage than the theft" So, target does the honorable thing and lets the information get exposed and then the Tribune runs articles EVERY day about the data breach. Same story, different day. I guess they should have been like the 10 other stores who remain silent.

atlmikeFeb. 17, 1412:20 AM

learned russian while jogging on treadmill? something tells me his SAT scores are higher than mine.

beveryafraidFeb. 17, 14 5:56 AM

So Snowden's methods are unworthy, so you'd rather he kept his mouth shut while the world's so-called bastion of freedom constructs a surveillance apparatus beyond anything ever seen - including Russia, China and North Korea? You must think you're being monitored for your own good.

jeffportFeb. 17, 14 7:50 AM

There is something more "Honorable" to how he goes about his work then the way Snowden did his, Snowdens methods just rubs me the wrong way. This guy is getting and taking the heat for what he does. He doesn't go run and hide like a little rodent stealing cheese off a plate...

kingsxmanFeb. 17, 14 7:52 AM

While Target was late in coming out officially with the breach, they have come out and been "mostly" forthcoming with information. These other companies are not. Target is still a great company. I'm hoping the Strib will go after these other companies as hard as Target when we finally learn their names. (and eventually it will come out).

nonewtaxesFeb. 17, 14 8:41 AM

The government should spend less on TSA theatrics at airports, and focus on cyber crime. These guys are todays Bonnie and Clyde.

maf07Feb. 17, 14 8:47 AM

I got the impression from the article that this guy does not do internet security for a living, he's a blogger who infiltrated the "black market" to figure them out after he became a victim. So how is he able to do more than cyber security companies who have a lot more money and resources? Security companies should take a hint and hire this guy. And is it really smart to shine his name out there in the news so would-be hackers now all know his identity?

mspreader1Feb. 17, 14 8:51 AM

@kingsxman- exactly, TGT made mistakes, but they've at least let people know they are at risk. meanwhile, these other companies aren't telling you...that's pathetic. they just want TGT to take the brunt of the bad press and lead the investigations and then it will come out about the rest...the ignorance of the american people.

swmnguyFeb. 17, 14 9:21 AM

Krebs is not a good analogy for Snowden. Any comparison would be better if, for example, while Krebs was working at the Washington Post, he discovered that the WaPo was in the business of hacking into cyberstructures to steal and re-sell customer data, and to use it directly for fraud, and then Krebs exposed it. Then, no doubt, the WaPo would try to discredit Krebs.

What people gloss over in the Snowden affair is that Snowden was employed by private corporations for the most part when he was given or was easily able to get, access to enormous amounts of data legally off-limits to the NSA, and certainly off-limits to the private corporations for whom he actually worked. Krebs is doing great work. But he's working on crime from the outside. Snowden thought he was working for America's security, but came to realize he was working on crime from the inside.


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