Senior Editor, WIRED
Kevin Poulsen oversees cybercrime, privacy, defense and political coverage at Wired.com, and he edits the Threat Level blog. He previously served as editor of the award-winning computer security news site SecurityFocus, acquired by Symantec in 2002, where his investigative reporting was frequently followed by the national press.
Poulsen's byline has appeared in Wired magazine, Business 2.0 and other publications, and he's been interviewed by CNN, ABC News, CBS News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the BBC, NPR and other outlets. In 2006, Poulsen's computer-assisted investigation into the presence of registered sex offenders on MySpace resulted in the arrest of an active pedophile, and led to policy changes at MySpace and federal legislation.
Before segueing into journalism, Poulsen had a notorious career in the 1980s as a hacker whose handle was Dark Dante. He worked for SRI International by day, and hacked at night. During this time, Poulsen taught himself lock picking, and engaged in a brash spree of high-tech stunts that would ultimately make him one of America's best-known cyber-criminals.