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Sony's plan for film about Brian Krebs surprises blogger who broke Target story

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Sony Pictures will be making a movie based on journalist Brian Krebs, the expert on Internet fraud who broke the story about Target's massive data loss last year, according to this March 20 article on NBCnews.com.

Krebs noted on his blog Krebsonsecurity.com today, March 21, that he was surprised to learn of Sony's interest. Krebs invited his readers to weigh in on who will play him, noting that some friends think Brian resembles funnyman Jim Carrey.

Brian Krebs is a former Washington Post writer who became fascinated with cyber theft and now writes what must be the most interesting and readable source of information on financial hacks in the U.S. His blog, Krebsonsecurity.com, not only reported the Target problems first but also broke stories about similar data losses at Nieman Marcus, Sally Beauty, Michaels, and numerous smaller victims.

Krebs has contacts within the card security industry who occasionally alert him to incidents of data loss and theft. Through these contacts and his own research, he has become familiar with the methods and forums thieves use to sell credit card information. That knowledge, combined with his ability to write well, make his blog an excellent read.

Krebs is continuously hacked himself which leads to other interesting columns such as the one he wrote last week on the dubious value of credit monitoring services.

Krebs reports that he keeps a shotgun at hand while writing the blog; it's possible that the movie may highlight his gun, more than his keyboard and his telephone, to keep things visually interesting.

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