Kevin Poulsen

  • Cybersecurity Expert
  • Award-Winning Journalist

Kevin Poulsen is an award-winning journalist and a contributing editor at Wired magazine. Poulsen worked with the late Aaron Swartz to design and develop SecureDrop, an open-source software platform for secure communication between journalists and sources. He is the author of Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion Dollar Cyber Crime Underground (Crown, 2011).

 
  

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Kingpin: Privacy, Crime and Security Online

If anyone knows the inner workings of internet security systems, it is Kevin Poulsen. This former hacker and cybercrime expert is now a respected journalist working as the senior editor at Wired.com. Audiences will learn from his first-hand experience what cybercriminals will do to steal your priva ...

If anyone knows the inner workings of internet security systems, it is Kevin Poulsen. This former hacker and cybercrime expert is now a respected journalist working as the senior editor at Wired.com. Audiences will learn from his first-hand experience what cybercriminals will do to steal your privacy and corrupt your online security. Poulsen outlines the various security vulnerabilities that could exist in your company, and what you need to do to improve your IT systems.

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Kevin Poulsen is an award-winning journalist and a contributing editor at Wired magazine. A one-time hacker, Poulsen was prosecuted in 1991 for using his illicit access to telephone company systems to cheat at radio station phone-in contests. He began writing in 1997, and served as editor of SecurityFocus before joining Wired full-time in 2005, where he founded the Threat Level blog.

In 2006 Poulsen conducted a computer-assisted investigation into the presence of sex offenders on social networking sites, which spawned federal legislation. In 2010, Poulsen broke the news that the government had secretly arrested Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning for leaking hundreds of thousands of documents to WikiLeaks. Poulsen worked with the late Aaron Swartz to design and develop SecureDrop, an open-source software platform for secure communication between journalists and sources, now used at over a dozen news organizations including the New Yorker and the Washington Post. He is the author of Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion Dollar Cyber Crime Underground (Crown, 2011).