Happy 12th birthday, KrebsOnSecurity.com! – Krebs on security


KrebsOnSecurity.com celebrates its 12th anniversary today! Perhaps “celebrate” is too much of a slippery word for a year rocked by global COVID-19 pandemics and ransomware. Especially since the stories on the two have helped to dramatically increase audiences here in 2021. But the anniversary of this site is also a welcome opportunity to thank you all for your continued readership and support, which helps keep the content here free for everyone.

Over seven million unique visitors came to KrebsOnSecurity.com in 2021, generating over 12 million pageviews and leaving almost 8,000 comments. We also now have almost 50,000 subscribers to our email newsletter, which is still just a text-based (non-HTML) email that gets sent out whenever a new story is posted here ( about 2-3 times a week).

Back when this site started 12 years ago, I never imagined it would attract such a level of engagement. Before starting KrebsOnSecurity, I was a technical reporter for washingtonpost.com. For many years, The Post’s website was physically, financially, and editorially separated from what dot-com workers affectionately referred to as “The Dead Tree Edition.” When the two newsrooms finally merged in 2009, my post was deleted.

Fortunately, the blog I wrote for four years on washingtonpost.com – Security Fix – had attracted a significant readership, and it seemed clear that the global appetite for in-depth information on computer security and cybercrime would become practically insatiable in coming years.

Happier still, The Post offered severance pay equal to six months of my salary. If they hadn’t thrown in that lifeline, I doubt I would have had the courage to go it alone. But at the time my wife basically told me that I had six months to run this “blog thing”, or find a “real job”.

May God bless his eternal patience with my adopted profession, because KrebsOnSecurity has helped me avoid finding a real job for a dozen years now. And I hope they let me keep doing this, because at this point I’m definitely not qualified to do anything else.

I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to remind our dear readers that advertisers help keep free content here for everyone. For security and privacy reasons, KrebsOnSecurity does not host any third-party content on this site, and this includes ad creatives, which are simply images or GIFs verified by Yours Truly and streamed directly from krebsonsecurity.com.

That’s a long way to ask: if you regularly visit KrebsOnSecurity.com with an ad blocker, please consider adding an exception for that site.

Thank you again, dear readers. Please stay safe, healthy and vigilant in 2022. See you on the other side!


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