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Farewell 2009, and The Washington Post

This will be the last post for the Security Fix blog. Dec. 31 marks my final day at The Washington Post Company.

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.

Through it all, you - the reader - have been my most valuable source, most reliable critic, and most persistent muse. Loyal readers are the reason Security Fix has consistently been among the most-visited blogs on Thank you.

I will continue to remain engaged in this increasingly vital news beat. Please stay in touch for updates in the New Year. I can be reached directly at this e-mail address.

By Brian Krebs  |  December 24, 2009; 4:00 PM ET
Categories:  From the Bunker  | Tags: goodbye post,  
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I'm sure all of us wish you success with I for one will be there daily. Good luck with the new year

Keep up the good work


Posted by: n3ujj | December 29, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Good luck with your future ventures Brian.

The Security Fix blog has been essential reading for everyone interested in the world of computer security - the only consolation in knowing its the end of SecurityFix is hearing that you'll still be commenting on the scene at


Posted by: Graham-Cluley | December 29, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Best wishes, dude - your work is HUGELY appreciated and speaking as someone from the UK, I'm only really aware of the Washington Posts existence at all purely because you happened to write on it. Where you go, quite a lot of us will follow ;)


Posted by: paperghost | December 29, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Brian, for all your valuable advice.

Posted by: gmatusk1 | December 29, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Security Fix was a success from the start, and I know you'll be an even bigger success in your next ventures. In the meantime, if you're looking for something to do, there's a lot of good food out here in Seattle that needs eating!

Happy New Year


Posted by: Russ_Walker | December 29, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Brian, I'm sorry to see the Post grow dimmer by the day as it loses bright lights like you.

I'm also sorry to see a real passing of an era as the last of the Newsbytes crew clears out of

We had a great time there, you, me and Dave, especially thanks to Russ, Kyle, Alicia, various McLoones, Bob Greiner & Son, Maryan and, of course... Angie.

Whatever you do in the future, as I told folks on Twitter, it will be worth paying for, so count me in.

Adios for now, amigo,
Robert MacMillan

Posted by: easymac | December 29, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Oh no! I missed the announcement that you were leaving.

Thank you so much for all of your work & columns over the years. As I've told many people, I've read your and Rob's columns religiously and have always learned a great deal. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I will indeed be following your reports and look forward to your future endeavors.

Best wishes & happy new year.

Posted by: SC54HI | December 29, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, WaPo is so ready for the future: the most important journalist on the tech beat is now gone.
Best wishes. We'll find your new home, and continue reading your work.

Posted by: williehorton | December 29, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Brian, I'm sure that thousands of us out here silently followed your work and are thankful for every word you wrote. As williehorton said above, best wishes, and we'll find your new home and continue to read your work.

Posted by: --sg | December 29, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Brian for all you've done for computer security over the last 15 years. Your blog has been *the* essential one to follow - I'm sure it will stay that way in the future as well, just on another URL.

Mikko Hypponen
F-Secure Corp

Posted by: root | December 29, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I hope this change means good things for you. I've bookmarked the new blog and look forward to your first post.

You've made some news as well as reporting it, and a lot of people are safer because of the stories you've posted. We appreciate what you've accomplished on our behalf.


Posted by: AlphaCentauri | December 29, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Your Blog has been a tremendous service.
Thanks and good luck.
Paul in Austin

Posted by: PaulSilver | December 29, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Brian, I cannot wait to hear where and how you land. Your immense talent will be not be idle for long. Here's to the next very big adventure.
Kim O'Donnel
former food blogger

Posted by: kimodo | December 29, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Your column and blog was always my first stop before going online. Sadly this is the Washington Post's loss.

Posted by: stuartkleinman | December 29, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Brian, reading about your farewell from the Washington Post felt like a slap in the face. What a loss for the Washington post and its readers! I will certainly continue following your blog that has provided so many of us with such great advice and wish you the very best for the future!

Posted by: eisiminger1 | December 29, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post has lost a valuable resource. The rest of us will continue following your new blog. Best of luck to you.

Posted by: geofflee | December 29, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

I will miss you at the Post Mr. Krebs but I will follow you on your new site. I appreciate your depth but also plain-English explanations -- hard to do both.

Rob and Cecelia (sp?) will do fine as they do now but security is really a full-time beat, in my view.

Best wishes for the New Year. To everyone!

Posted by: BaracksTeleprompter | December 29, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Brian, I have found your work excellent for not only its breadth in covering computer security but also making things understandable for the regular user while offering sound, practical advice. This is one of the most useful blogs I have read. Best wishes on your new venture!

Posted by: jsapovits | December 29, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Brian, you will definitely be a loss to the Post but look forward to seeing your reporting at the new site and hopefully at the various security venues!

Best wishes!

-Jerry Dixon

Posted by: jerryd1 | December 29, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Brian is leaving the Post and the likes of Krauthammer and Hiatt remain. I no longer have any interest in visiting WAPO. Brian, thanks for the very informative blog, and good luck in the future.

Posted by: Ralphie1 | December 29, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

It's sad to see you go, Brian. You've helped keep our community stay informed and enlightened.

Keep writing. We'll find you and keep reading your insightful posts.

Phil Agcaoili

Posted by: philagcaoili | December 29, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

The folks above and below this post, and so many more, know how irreplaceable you are, Brian. Hopefully your next employer will be more appreciative of your work ethic, knowledge, and talent.

Posted by: GWGOLDB | December 29, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Thank you so much, Brian, for your work over the years. Count me among the many others who will be following you to your new online home.

Posted by: t_joe | December 29, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Best of luck, Brian. This is certainly a surprise but I'll most definitely keep reading.

SiL / IKS / concerned citizen

Posted by: killspammerz | December 30, 2009 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Echoing everything everyone else has said. If it's you making the move, then best of luck. And we can only hope you'll be more popular than ever. If somehow WP concur, then all we can say is it's about the dumbest move they ever made.

Best wishes for 2010.

Posted by: Rixstep | December 30, 2009 3:37 AM | Report abuse


You have been a tremendous resource to the public and to the security community through your SecurityFix column! The security community could not have accomplished some of the great things they have accomplished in the past few years without voices such as yours to bring the issues to the attention of the public.

Thanks for your service to helping protect the public so far, and I can't wait to see what you do next! I'll certainly be watching "krebsonsecurity" as closely as I watched SecurityFix.

Best of luck in your new adventures,

Gary Warner
Director of Research in Computer Forensics
The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Posted by: GarWarner | December 30, 2009 7:40 AM | Report abuse

I'll be following you on your new blog for sure.

Thanks for the excellent work that you've done for us all.

Posted by: Annorax | December 30, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

T h a n k _ Y o u , Brian Krebs for all your time and hard work, we have loved your work and will come with you to the new site, we cant wait to see your new work without all the editorializing of the past. Long live Krebs.

P.S. WP W-t_F :(

Posted by: Mnq9MS9HlFOL | December 30, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Bravo Zulu, Brian. Thanks for your incisive IT security reporting. May you continue your superb work in the future at

Posted by: ftitus_1 | December 30, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

In spite of the rampant fear mongering and overblown alarming that this column always seemed to try to propagate regarding some unlikely computer threat or other, it did nevertheless serve as a useful medium for the average person to gain some level of insight into computer technology and inherent security risks. It will definitely be missed.

Good luck, Brian.

Posted by: db16 | December 30, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse


Farewell to a blog that has always been essential reading; I have already bookmarked the new one.

Thanks for the dedication you've shown over the years and for proving that a security pro can occasionally make a difference in this world (or at least scare the bad guys!)

Best wishes for the future.

Posted by: mdubh | December 30, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Oh, Brian, you will be so missed. As the computer has become the lynchpin of my day over the last 15 years, your column has been the place I turn to for advice, reassurance, and pro-activity in a scary and complex online world. You've written with grace, urgency, and knowledge and pulled off the big challenge: giving lots of tecnically useful information in prose that end-users (albeit experienced) can grasp. Good luck in your new endeavor.

Posted by: mipost1 | December 30, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse


I knew it was only a matter of time before this happened. Way to go WashPost. Just let a future Nobel Peace Prize candidate go without even trying to keep him on board.

You're probably better off on your own anyway, Brian.

Your advice and blogs have been insurmountable. You'll definitely be missed here...

Posted by: jive_turkey | December 30, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Wow -- what a LOSS to the online community and how utterly STUPID of the Washington Post -- so very typical.

I am just glad to know you will still be doing your excellent unmatched work elsewhere. their loss, a wider community's gain.

You can and will do better elsewhere.

You have been and will continue to be a really invaluable source of information, helpfulness, common sense, easy to understand, fantastic resource.

Thanks for all your great work and BEST OF LUCK in the coming years. You will be missed here, but will continue to be respected and I have already bookmarked your new site -- replaced the old wp link with it.

Keep up the GREAT WORK!! Again: Happy New Year, Best Wishes in your new endeavor and: Thank you.

shame on the WP for being so shortsighted.

Posted by: flacan | December 30, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Brian, I've read your column since it began, and although I commented rarely, I always learned from you. Thanks for keeping me so well informed.

Like everyone else, I've bookmarked your new blog, and look forward to following you in your next endeavors.

Posted by: 5232news | December 30, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Others have already said it and said it better, but this is a huge loss for the Post.

Posted by: hylen | December 30, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Good heavens, you were one of the main reasons I checked the Post online regularly--best place to get security alerts for both Windows and OS X. You can be sure I will bookmark your new site immediately. Best of luck to you.

Posted by: krazykat23 | December 30, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

It has been a blast. God speed Brian.

Posted by: dward__ | December 30, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

But why? I mean, I really will miss the blog. Actually, I come here to the Wash. Post only for this blog. The best for your future Brian! @FaustoCepeda

Posted by: FaustoCG | December 30, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Brian, I wish you all the best in whatever venture you undertake next. I'll definitely be following you on your Krebs on Security website.

Posted by: Hoku1 | December 31, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Nothing to say that hasn't already been said, but ... I just subscribed to the feed from your personal blog. Good luck, and I look forward to continued reading of your fine work.

Posted by: bjkeefe | December 31, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Brian: I've followed your column faithfully, heeded your advice, and learned a lot about computers from you.

I can't thank you enough for your help, your patience with less computer-literate users, and your personal responses to my questions.

The Washington Post will continue to be my resource for updates on the Salahis, but for computer resources, I've subscribed to your blog's RSS feed.

I hope the readers of this blog will support the new one by making CASH contributions to it, as well as by following it. It's hard to place a value on your advice, but there's a "contribute" link, very subtle, in the right hand column.

Best wishes for the New Year and the new venture.

Posted by: JBV1 | December 31, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Brian Krebs we will miss you!

When I read your posts I know I need to take action.

I do hope you can somehow continue your security chats in this new endeavor.

All the best and I've just added "Krebs on Security" to my RSS feeds.

Keep up the good work.

Posted by: minotisok | December 31, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Well 2009 ends and so does Security Update. Thanks Brian for all the work you have done. My computer and I have felt much safer and happier for having read your column.

Good Luck in 2010.

Posted by: elyrest | December 31, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Brian, I really hope I can follow you to your new address. You are truly indispensable. Thanks for everything. Really.

Posted by: VeronaItaly | January 2, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse


Best wishes for a Happy, Healthy, Safe & Prosperous New Year to You & Yours AND the new blog as well.


Posted by: | January 2, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Great, job, Brian. You are yet another great reporter discarded by clueless newspaper management. No matter. Better things lie in store. You'll have a new gig soon enough.

Posted by: Gracian | January 3, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Cheers to a fabulous run, and wishing you great scoops and fun in the new adventure.

Shannon Henry

Posted by: ShannonHenryKleiber | January 3, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

I take a long holiday from work and my morning "must read" at work is relocating from WaPo? Too bad but Krebs new site replaces this on my toolbar.

The best thing I can write is that my IT group benefits greatly from Mr. Krebs writing. That won't change but my visits to the WaPo will be going down. They should have done everything they could have to keep him.

Good luck Brian and you'll continue getting my visits to your new site.

Posted by: Leofwine | January 4, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse


A gentleman and a scholar. Your best work is yet to come.

Garth Bruen @ Knujon

Posted by: gbruen | January 4, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Very sad to see you go, Brian. I read your stuff all the time and learned a lot from you.

Good luck.

Posted by: Booyah5000 | January 4, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Brian: I am so sorry you are leaving the Post and with it the online chats. Although I have used PCs since 1990, I remain mildly technophobic and your ability to alert your readers to problems and to offer comprehensive, understandable solutions is all too rare in technology writers. I will follow your blog and I hope someone, somewhere is smart enough to have you host online chats at some point in the future. Thanks again.

Posted by: jhpurdy | January 5, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

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