How Do You Beat Fraud? Learn From a Fraudster

January 31, 2017

CNP Expo Taps Cybercrime ‘Godfather’ to Deliver Keynote Address

By D.J. Murphy, Editor-in-Chief, and the CNP Expo on Monday unveiled former hacker, fraudster and U.S. Most Wanted criminal Brett Johnson as the first keynote speaker at the upcoming CNP Expo in Orlando, Fla. As a founder of, one of the first, most influential and most notorious online marketplaces for cybercriminals to buy, sell and trade stolen information and learn about effective fraud techniques, Johnson has been at the epicenter of cybercrime for nearly two decades. Under the handle “Gollumfun,” he helped design, implement and refine card-not-present fraud, account takeover fraud, identity theft and many other forms of attacks e-commerce merchants and banks still struggle with today.

“Brett Johnson is uniquely qualified to tell the card-not-present community what they are up against because not so long ago he was the one ripping them off” said D.J. Murphy, editor-in-chief of “The stories Brett has to share are chilling, but they’re also instructive. He will offer the CNP Expo audience a perspective and understanding of the challenges they face that is unmatched anywhere on the planet.”

After his first arrest in 2005, Johnson was recruited by the United States Secret Service as a consultant and paid informant, though he continued to engage in criminal activity. A cross-country crime spree landed Johnson on the United States Most Wanted list and, eventually, back in prison. After escaping and being recaptured, he spent nearly eight more years in federal prison. Since his release, Johnson has gone to work for the good guys—and ONLY the good guys. One of the leading experts in the world on cybercrime and online fraud and a master social engineer, he has started a security and fraud consulting business and committed himself to helping legitimate businesses avoid the types of attacks he pioneered.

Johnson will take the featured stage at the CNP Expo on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 where he can tell the audience EXACTLY what they have to fear and how they can beat the new generation of fraudsters he himself helped train.

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