Brett Johnson was referred to by the United States Secret Service as “The Original Internet Godfather”. He is one of the top experts in the world on cybercrime, identity theft, fraud, and cybersecurity. His knowledge is unique. His education does not come from a book, from formal education, as an investigator, or as a commentator who has no practical experience on the subject of which they speak. He has hands-on training. His knowledge is from the criminal side of things. He has an understanding of cybercrime that the majority of people on the planet will never possess.
Brett built the first organized cybercrime community, Shadowcrew, while also establishing several forms of financial cybercrime. Shadowcrew was the precursor to today's Darknet Markets and laid the foundation for the way modern cybercrime channels still operate today. He was placed on the United States Most Wanted List, convicted of 39 felonies, and sentenced to 7 1/2 years in federal prison.
Brett is fortunate to be one of the few who have been able to step away from a life of crime--with the help of many. Today, he uses the vast amount of knowledge he has concerning cybersecurity, cybercrime, identity theft, and fraud to help individuals and companies protect themselves from the type of person Brett himself used to be.
Brett consults with some of the most well-known entities across the globe. Clients include the FBI, Microsoft, Lexis-Nexis, ThreatMetrix, VISA, Identity Guard, AARP, Emailage, MWAA, Elavon, TED, ISMG, Neustar, BBWest Bank, and numerous others.
Brett has been featured on CNNMoney, NBC, AARP, VICE, RT TV, Arstechnica, the Independent, and FOX TV. im