Trusted IT-security journalist changes addresses

Brian Krebs, a well-known IT journalist is leaving the Washington Post. Michael Kassner writes about his contributions and what's next for Mr. Krebs.

Brian Krebs, a well-known IT journalist is leaving the Washington Post. What's next for Mr. Krebs?


There are thousands of journalists who write about IT security. But not many have the respect of other journalists, like Brian Krebs does. It is easy to see why. Mr. Krebs has the innate ability to take a difficult subject and make it understandable.

I just found out today that things are changing for Mr. Krebs. In his last blog for the Washington Post, he mentions:

"Over the last 15 years, I've reported hundreds of stories for and the paper edition. I have authored more than 1,300 blog posts since we launched Security Fix back in March 2005. Dozens of investigative reports that first appeared online later were "reverse published" in the newspaper, including eight front-page stories and a Post Magazine cover."

Many of those articles were breaking-news pieces, where Mr. Krebs did extensive research under difficult conditions. One such example was his work over a four-month period to expose and help shutter the spam e-mail operation of McColo, Corp. Here is my follow up account of his work.

Final thoughts

I wanted to point out that Mr. Krebs is determined to carry on the good fight, now as an independent writer. He started a blog site: "Krebs on Security", the new home for his in-depth writing. That is a good thing; IT security needs research journalists like Brian Krebs.