Cybercrime , Fraud Management & Cybercrime

Ex-Fraudster: Why I Share My Story

Former 'Most Wanted' Brett Johnson on Lessons Enterprises Can Learn
Brett Johnson, former 'most wanted' fraudster

Johnson will be a featured speaker at ISMG's Security Summit in New York, to be held Aug. 14-15. Get more details on his session, as well as other speakers at the New York Security Summit.

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For years, Brett Johnson dedicated his time to cooking up new ways to defraud individuals and enterprises. Now the convicted felon spends his time recounting his crime story for business and security leaders. What are the key lessons he hopes to impart?

In a video interview at Information Security Media Group's recent San Francisco Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit, Johnson discusses:

  • Why he tells his story;
  • What he gets from his onstage experience;
  • Key takeaways for business and security leaders in the audience.

Johnson, referred to by the United States Secret Service as "The Original Internet Godfather," had been a central figure in the cybercrime world for almost 20 years. He founded and was the leader of and He helped design, implement and refine modern identity theft, ATO fraud, card-not-present fraud, IRS tax fraud and 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. He runs Anglerphish, a cybersecurity consultancy.

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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