The repentance of the former US most wanted cybercriminal

In this “Secure in Mind” podcast episode, we welcome Brett Johnson, former US most wanted hacker, convicted of 39 felonies and prison escaper, who turned its love for crime into an unparalleled ability to spot and stop cyber criminals

03 Lug 2019

Brett created the first organized cybercrime community, Shadowcrew, precursor of today’s DarkNet web and he helps us understand the major advancements of these communities by comparing his platform with the latest technologies in today’s marketplace through the analysis of the latest technological attacks.

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Being a reformed cyber talent collaborating with US authorities and major conglomerates worldwide, he also illustrates the changes in cross-border collaboration as for the sharing and exchange of information at the law enforcement and government level, by looking at the role of major actors such as EUROPOL, INTERPOL and UNODC.

What a former crime leader can teach us today

I had the unique opportunity to witness Brett’s vision about the cybersecurity state of the art today, including cyber attackers’ extremely sophisticated education and information sharing capabilities, as well as their “privileged” status in terms of power and income.

Through his consulting, advisory and teaching roles, Brett can now exploit his unique, unparalleled and extremely deep knowledge of the cyber spectrum’s criminal landscape to help authorities understand the attackers and anticipate their moves, by building a pro-active, effective and targeted cybersecurity strategy.

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The production cost of this episode of ‘Secure in Mind’ was supported by aizoOn Technology Consulting.

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