You may remember Brian Krebs, one of the world’s premier cybercrime investigators, as the guy who broke news of Target’s staggering data breach last year. Formerly a staff writer at the Washington Post, Krebs left the job a half-decade ago to cover the industry on his own website,Krebs on Security, which repeatedly receives reportorial top honors.
On Tuesday, Krebs returned to print with his first book,Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime—from Global Pandemic to Your Front Door.
Krebs, who is on a first name basis with some of the Internet’s biggest baddies, occasionally finds himself a subject in his own stories. Earlier this year, a New York Times profile of Krebs introduced him this way:
In the last year, Eastern European cybercriminals have stolen Brian Krebs’s identity a half dozen times, brought down his website, included his name and some unpleasant epithets in their malware code, sent fecal matter and heroin to his doorstep, and called a SWAT team to his home just as his mother was arriving for dinner.