KrebsOnSecurity.com celebrates its 12th birthday today! Perhaps “celebrate” is too indecent a word for a year ravaged by the global pandemics of COVID-19 and ransomware. Especially since stories about both of them helped increase the audience enormously here in 2021. But this page’s birthday is also a welcome opportunity to thank you all for your continued readership and support in helping keep the content here free for all.

More than seven million unique visitors came to KrebsOnSecurity.com in 2021, generated over 12 million page views and left almost 8,000 comments. Also, we now have almost 50,000 subscribers to our email newsletter, which is still just a text-based (non-HTML) email that is sent every time a new story is published here (~ 2-3 times per week).

When this site first started 12 years ago I couldn’t have imagined it would attract such engagement. Before starting KrebsOnSecurity, I was a technical reporter for Washingtonpost.com. For many…



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