Remember the security breach at Target where more than 40 million credit card numbers were hacked? It was Brian Krebs who broke the story. He’s a cybercrime and security reporter.
In order to do his work, Krebs has learned computer code, the Russian language and how to get onto black market websites and cybercrime networks. And cyber criminals who don’t appreciate his work have found creative and frightening ways to harass him, including calling in a fake hostage situation:
“In March of last year, a heavily armed police force showed up at my home à propos of nothing. They call it "swatting.” Somebody had called in a fake hostage situation at my home. They said Russians had broken into my home and shot my wife and that I was hiding in the closet, send guns and forces to get these guys out of my house.
They showed up… [The swat team] had me put my hands up… walk down my front stoop backwards. [They] handcuffed me and put me in the squad car and this is happening at about five, quarter-to-six in the evening on a week day so all the people trying to come home from work, the police had barricaded the entrance to our neighborhood. People are staring out their windows. It was quite a scene.“
Photo - Daniel Rosenbaum for The New York Times