Author, Senior Staff Writer
Wired Magazine, San Francisco
Kim Zetter is a senior reporter and award-winning journalist for Wired, covering cybersecurity, cybercrime, cyber warfare and civil liberties. In 2010 and 2012, she was voted one of the Top 10 security reporters in the nation by peers and security industry heavyweights. She has been covering computer security and the hacking underground since 1999, first for PC World magazine, where she was an editor, and now as a staff reporter for Wired, where she has been reporting since 2003. She has broken numerous stories over the years and has been a frequent guest on TV and radio, including CNN, ABCNews, NPR, PBS Frontline and NewsHour, and Public Radio International’s Marketplace. 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 one of the telecom’s network operations centers. In 2007 she wrote a groundbreaking three-part story for Wired on the cybercriminal underground, which was the first to fully expose the world of online carding markets and the players behind them. The piece was told through the eyes of a carder and grifter named David Thomas who ran an online carding forum undercover for the FBI for 18 months after he was arrested. In 2010, she and Wired colleague Kevin Poulsen broke the story about the arrest of Bradley Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst accused of leaking millions of classified U.S. government documents to the secret-spilling site WikiLeaks. In 2011, she wrote an extensive feature about the landmark Stuxnet computer worm, a sophisticated digital weapon that was designed to sabotage Iran’s uranium enrichment program. The worm was the first cyber weapon found in the wild that was designed to cause physical destruction, rather than simply steal data. She is currently working on a book about Stuxnet and its implications. She was a finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors award in 2005 for a series of investigative pieces she wrote about security problems with electronic voting machines and the controversial companies that make them.