Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Reporting From the Web’s Underbelly

Nicole Perlroth, New York Times:

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.

“I can’t imagine what my neighbors think of me,” he said dryly.

Along with Bruce Schneier and possibly Quinn Norton, Krebs is probably the best information security reporter around. While this profile isn’t outstandingly thorough — it’s in a general-audience newspaper, after all — it’s an interesting look at this underworld from Krebs’ perspective.