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Target data breach the movie? Blogger who broke story focus of cyber thriller


A movie could be made about the massive data breach that affected Target last fall, according to media reports.

Cybersecurity blogger Brian Krebs was the first one to report on Target's data breach last December and now Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. thinks his life, which was outlined in an article published in the New York Times in February, would make a perfect plot for a cyber thriller.

Sony bought the rights to the article, the Hollywood Reporter says, and is working on a screenplay. Reports say Richard Wenk will write it – he's worked on projects including "The Expendables 2" and "The Mechanic."

Krebs is an expert when it comes to cybersecurity and is on a first-name basis with some of the biggest cyber criminals in the world, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Criminals have hacked his security blog several times and have also sent drugs to his home. He's even been falsely accused of murder, WCCO says. Because he's so frequently threatened, he writes with a 12-gauge shotgun by his side, NBC News says.

Krebs started as a technology reporter for the Washington Post, but was let go when he didn't want to broaden his reporting outside of cybersecurity, the Hollywood Reporter says. In 2009, he created his own blog, which gained national attention when he was first to report on Target's breach in security, NBC reports.

The data breach affected up to 110 million customers, which makes it one of the country's largest consumer data security breaches, the Star Tribune says.

No production date for the movie has been set, according to reports.

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