Former United States Most Wanted Brett Johnson, referred to by the U.S. Secret Service as “The Original Internet Godfather,” has been a central figure in the cybercrime world for almost 20 years. In partnership with the Oklahoma FBI cybercrime unit, Johnson will present “The Darknet Exposed: Insights from a Former U.S. Most Wanted Cybercriminal” at 6 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Lorton Performance Center on the TU campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Johnson was instrumental in developing many areas of online fraud still seen in operation today. He founded and was the leader of Counterfeitlibrary.com and Shadowcrew.com. Johnson designed the forum system, review process and marketplace structure still in use by today’s online criminals. Working alongside the top cyber criminals of our time, he helped design, implement and refine modern Identity Theft, ATO fraud, Card Not Present fraud, IRS Tax Fraud and countless other social engineering attacks, breaches and hacking operations.
Considered one of the best social engineers in the world, the United States Secret Service promptly hired Johnson as a consultant and paid informant upon his capture in February 2005. He trained USSS agents and other law enforcement agencies on various aspects of cybercrime and identity theft and assisted in the tracking and identification of online cyber criminals.
While working for the Secret Service, Johnson continued to engage in cybercrimes, often within the same United States Secret Service offices from which he worked. After nearly a year of working with the Secret Service, Johnson went on a cross country crime spree, was placed on the United States Most Wanted List and was captured and sent to prison — where he promptly escaped.
Soon captured again, Johnson served a sentence of seven-and-a-half years in federal prison. During his time incarcerated, he took responsibility for his actions and worked to help others. Upon his release, Johnson has striven to help others avoid the types of crime he used to commit. As one of the leading experts in the world on cybercrime, online fraud and identity theft, he offers a unique viewpoint and understanding of those crimes. Today, he uses his vast wealth of knowledge assisting others in staying safe online.
Johnson started AnglerPhish Security in 2014 with the goal of using his knowledge as a former cybercriminal to combat the very crimes he once committed. Today, he works hard to raise internet security awareness by speaking to groups around the world. In addition to speaking engagements, he also consults with law enforcement, major financial organizations, tech and security firms, retailers, academic groups, news and media groups and individuals worldwide.