Brett Johnson on Why He Turned From Committing Fraud to Fighting It


Brett Johnson stole millions in a fraud career that made him one of the FBI’s most wanted criminals. But now he’s sharing his secrets to help organizations fight fraud. Why the change of heart?

In an interview at Information Security Media Group’s most recent Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit, Johnson talks about:

  • His crime career;
  • Why he went straight;
  • What organizations need to know about today’s top fraud schemes.

Johnson, referred to by the United States Secret Service as “The Original Internet Godfather,” has been a central figure in the cybercrime world for almost 20 years. He founded and was the leader of and Working alongside other cybercriminals, he helped design, implement and refine identity theft, ATO fraud, card-not-present fraud, IRS tax fraud and countless other social engineering attacks, breaches and hacking operations. Since his release from prison, he has striven to help others avoid becoming the victims of the types of crimes he used to commit.