Cybercrime , Fraud Management & Cybercrime

Video Interview: 'Original Internet Godfather' Opens Up on Crimes

Brett Johnson on Why He Turned From Committing Fraud to Fighting It
Brett Johnson, "The Original Internet Godfather"

Brett Johnson stole millions in a fraud career that made him one of the FBI's most wanted criminals. But now he's sharing his secrets to help organizations fight fraud. Why the change of heart?

In an interview at Information Security Media Group's recent Dallas Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit, Johnson talks about:

  • His crime career;
  • Why he went straight;
  • What organizations need to know about today's top fraud schemes.

Johnson, referred to by the United States Secret Service as "The Original Internet Godfather," has been a central figure in the cybercrime world for almost 20 years. He founded and was the leader of Counterfeitlibrary.com and Shadowcrew.com. Working alongside other cybercriminals, he helped design, implement and refine identity theft, ATO fraud, card-not-present fraud, IRS tax fraud and countless other social engineering attacks, breaches and hacking operations. Since his release from prison, he has striven to help others avoid becoming the victims of the types of crimes he used to commit.


About the Author

Tom Field

Tom Field

Senior Vice President, Editorial, ISMG

Field is responsible for all of ISMG's 28 global media properties and its team of journalists. He also helped to develop and lead ISMG's award-winning summit series that has brought together security practitioners and industry influencers from around the world, as well as ISMG's series of exclusive executive roundtables.




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