Bob Sullivan (journalist)

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Bob Sullivan (born 1968[1] in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey[2]) is an award winning American online journalist, author and one of the founding members of Sullivan is the author of two New York Times Best Sellers entitled Stop Getting Ripped Off and Gotcha Capitalism.[3] Sullivan is an indepdendent journalist at and an author. Formerly, he was senior writer, technology correspondent and author of the popular blog, The Red Tape Chronicles, at, where he focused on technology crime and consumer fraud. He also regularly appears on air on MSNBC, CNBC's On the Money, NBC Nightly News, the Today show, and various local NBC affiliates.[4]


Sullivan received his B.A. in History from Fairfield University[2] in 1990,[5] where he was class valedictorian.[citation needed] He received an M.A. in Journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism[2] in 1996.[6]


Sullivan has been reporting on computer crime, electronic financial fraud, privacy, and the Internet Underground and has written more than 100 articles on the subjects since 1996.

Sullivan was the first to report to Americans that the FBI had developed a computer program, called Magic Lantern, designed to obtain public encryption keys on November 20, 2001.[7] He was also the first to describe the data theft at ChoicePoint, the first of what would become an avalanche of stories about stolen and lost personal information on February 18, 2005.[8]

Sullivan won the prestigious Society of Professional Journalists Public Service Award in 2002 for his series of articles on online fraud. He received the Carnegie Mellon University CyLab CyberSecurity Journalism Award in 2003 for his online cybersecurity reporting.[9]


  • Sullivan, Bob (December 2007). Gotcha Capitalism: How Hidden Fees Rip You Off Every Day-and What You Can Do About It. Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0-345-49613-3. [11]


  1. ^ "Sullivan, Bob 1968-". WorldCat. Retrieved June 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c MacDonald, Jay (April 21, 2008). "Spotlight: Bob Sullivan". Retrieved June 21, 2011. 
  3. ^ "The New York Times Best Sellers: Paperback Advice". New York Times. January 27, 2008. Retrieved March 19, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Bob Sullivan, Technology correspondent". MSNBC. Retrieved December 21, 2008. 
  5. ^ Riccio, Nina M. (Spring 2005). "Bob Sullivan’s foray into crime". Fairfield Now. Fairfield University. Retrieved June 21, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Alumni News". Missouri School of Journalism. October 2004. Retrieved June 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ Sullivan, Bob (November 20, 2001). "FBI software cracks encryption wall". Retrieved December 21, 2008. 
  8. ^ Sullivan, Bob (February 18, 2005). "Data theft affects 145,000 nationwide". Retrieved December 21, 2008. 
  9. ^ Swaney, Chris (October 29, 2003). "Carnegie Mellon's Prestigious Cybersecurity Reporting Awards Go To ABC News, ABC Nightline, and The Washington Post". Carnegie Mellon. Retrieved December 21, 2008. 
  10. ^ Stop Getting Ripped Off: Why Consumers Get Screwed, and How You Can Always Get a Fair Deal. Accessed April 1, 2011.
  11. ^ Gotcha Capitalism: How Hidden Fees Rip You Off Every Day-and What You Can Do About It. Accessed April 1, 2011.
  12. ^ Your Evil Twin: Behind the Identity Theft Epidemic. Accessed April 1, 2011.

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