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Friday, 17 July 2020 10:44

Krebs accused of doxxing man based on single source in Twitter scam yarn

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Former Washington Post employee Brian Krebs has again been accused of doxxing people based on a single source, with Sean Hollister of the website Verge pointing to a story he had written on the Twitter scams.

Krebs, who runs a blog that he claims id devoted to security issues, had claimed someone named Joseph was behind the scam. Hollister wrote: "This is an interesting post. It also doxxes a real-life human being based on the word of a single unnamed source. That's extremely problematic."

Krebs has a history of doxxing people without any real reason for doing so, even if they were tangential to any story he was writing.

In March 2018, he came under fire from users of a German image board after he revealed details about several admins and moderators in an article which claimed to identify who was behind the cryptocurrency mining service Coinhive.

In April last year, Krebs was again slammed by security researchers after he doxxed two of them on Twitter, apparently because he disagreed with them about the operations of Spamhaus.

Replying to his own tweet, Hollister wrote: "Why is it problematic? Imagine if he turns out NOT to be one of the hackers. And yet I'm already seeing reporters gloss over the Krebs piece and just straight-out say that he is."

And another Twitter user, sarcastically, "Perhaps this is his first offense. Surely Krebs doesn't have a history of doxxing people..."

iTWire has contacted Krebs for comment.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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