An exclusive article published by The Hollywood Reporter indicates that Brian Krebs, the investigative security journalist behind the popular Krebs On Security blog which broke the story about the recent Target breach, is the subject of a motion picture deal.
The film is said to be based on the New York Times article “Reporting From the Web’s Underbelly,” the rights to which have been secured by Sony Pictures, and the report indicates that Todd Hoffman and Richard Arlook. David Bloomfield will act as executive producers along with Steve Tisch, Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal as the movies producers and Richard Wenk as the screenwriter.
The NYT article was written by Nicole Perlroth, and examines Krebs’ tireless forays into the digital underground where his investigations into the world of cybercriminals has led to more than a few major headlines in the last year alone.
“Mr. Krebs — a former reporter at The Washington Post who taught himself to read Russian while jogging on his treadmill and who blogs with a 12-gauge shotgun by his side — is so entrenched in the digital underground that he is on a first-name basis with some of Russia’s major cybercriminals. Many call him regularly, leak him documents about their rivals, and try to bribe and threaten him to keep their names and dealings off his blog,” Perlroth said of Krebs.
Krebs investigations connected the epic Adobe breach to the compromise of multiple consumer data brokers, including LexisNexis, Dun & Bradstreet, Kroll Background America, the National White Collar Crime Center and PR Newswire in 2013 – and most recently the breach at German automaker Citroen, all now assumed to be victims of the same attackers.
His work also led to the disclosure of a major data breach at retail giant Target which exposed account details of more than 100 million customers, and found that the memory-scraping malicious agent employed in the attacks had been available on underground criminal forums under the name of “BlackPOS” since at least the middle of last year for a fee of $1,800 for the basic version and $2,300 for the full version.
Being one of the best – if not the best information security journalist in the business – is no stroll in the park, Krebs can attest. Krebs regularly lurks in the world of international organized crime syndicates, malware developers and other cyber miscreants, where he routinely uncovers what others would prefer never come to light. His work has resulted in award-winning reports that have served to fuel the ire of online criminals.
Krebs’ journalistic prowess has also caused him to be the target of criminal elements himself, having had his identity stolen, heroin and feces delivered to his home, and he was the victim of a potentially lethal form of harassment called “swatting.” Using techniques to obscure themselves and spoof Kreb’s home phone number on the caller ID systems of local police in Northern Virginia, attackers fooled authorities into conducting an armed raid on his residence, putting both Krebs and the officers who conducted the operation in jeopardy.
Fortunately, no one was injured during this most unfortunate incident. Krebs has detailed the events in an article at Krebs On Security – it is a must read. Keep up the good work Brian, and stay safe.