Kim Zetter

Journalist, Wired

Biography

Kim Zetter is an award-winning investigative journalist and author who covers cyber security, cybercrime, cyber warfare, privacy and civil liberties. She has been covering computer security and the hacking underground since 1999, first for PC World magazine, and now for Wired, where she has been reporting since 2003 and is currently a senior staff writer. She has broken numerous stories over the years and has three times been voted one of the top 10 security reporters in the nation by her journalism peers and security industry professionals. In 2005, she was a finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors award for a series of investigative pieces she wrote about the security problems with electronic voting machines and the controversial companies that make them.

In 2006 she broke a story for Salon about a secret NSA room at an AT&T facility in Missouri that was believed to be siphoning internet data from the telecom’s network operations center. In 2007 she wrote a groundbreaking three-part story for Wired on the cybercriminal underground, which exposed the world of online carding markets and the players behind them. In 2010, she and a Wired colleague broke the story about the arrest of Chelsea Manning (nee Bradley Manning), the former Army intelligence analyst accused of leaking millions of classified U.S. government documents to WikiLeaks. In 2011, she wrote an extensive feature about Stuxnet, a sophisticated digital weapon that was launched by the U.S. and Israel to sabotage Iran’s uranium enrichment program. She recently completed a book on the topic titled Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First Digital Weapon published by Crown/Random House in November 2014.

24 November 2015

Hard Journalism: Reporting Crisis, Staying Secure & Tackling Data