Contributor Profile

Brett Johnson

Job TitleFormer Hacker, Fraudster and U.S. Most Wanted Criminal


Former United States Most Wanted, Brett Johnson, referred to by the United States Secret Service as “The Original Internet Godfather” has been a central figure in the cyber crime world for almost 20 years. Mr Johnson was instrumental in developing many areas of online fraud still seen in operation today. Johnson founded and was the leader of and Brett 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, Brett “Gollumfun” Johnson 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 Mr Johnson as a consultant and paid informant upon his capture in February, 2005. Brett trained USSS Agents and other law enforcement agencies on various aspects of cyber crime and identity theft and assisted in the tracking and identification of online cyber criminals.

While working for the Secret Service, Mr Johnson continued to engage in cyber crimes, often from within the same United States Secret Service offices from which he worked. After nearly a year of working with the Secret Service, Mr 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, Brett served a sentence of 7 ½ years in federal prison. During his time incarcerated he took responsibility for his actions and worked to help others. Upon his release, Brett Johnson has striven to help others avoid the types of crime he used to commit. Brett Johnson is one of the leading experts in the world on cyber crime, online fraud, and identity theft. Brett is unique in that he offers a viewpoint and understanding of those crimes which is unavailable anywhere else on the planet. Today he uses his vast wealth of knowledge assist others in staying safe online.

Conference Sessions

  • Merchant-2-Merchant feat. Brett Johnson

    May 23, 2017, 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM, Room B

    This is the first of several sessions during the educational program the CNP Expo has set aside for a no-holds-barred, peer-to-peer exchange of information. The...

    • Language: English
  • Keynote - How Do you Beat Fraud? Learn From a Fraudster!

    May 23, 2017, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, TBA

    Former hacker, fraudster, and Cybercrime "Godfather," Brett Johnson will deliver the first Keynote Address at CNP Expo 2017, giving the industry a unique opport...

    • Language: English

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