Kim Zetter

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Kim Zetter
Zetter at the 2006 Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference
Notable works"Privacy 2000", cover story on PC Magazine
Notable awardsMaggie Award, IRE Award, Neal Award

Kim Zetter is an American investigative journalist and author who has covered cybersecurity and national security since 1999. She has broken numerous stories over the years about NSA surveillance, WikiLeaks, and the hacker underground, including an award-winning series about the security problems with electronic voting machines. She has three times been voted one of the top ten security journalists in the U.S. by her journalism peers and security professionals. She is considered one of the world's experts on Stuxnet, a malicious computer worm used to sabotage Iran's nuclear program, and published a book on the topic called Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon.


She has written on a wide variety of subjects from the Kabbalah to dining out in San Francisco to Israel to cryptography and electronic voting, and her work has been published in newspapers and magazines all over the world, including the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Jerusalem Post, San Jose Mercury News, Detroit Free Press, and the Sydney Morning Herald. She has been a staff reporter at Wired, a writer and editor at PC World, and a guest on NPR and CNN.

Zetter has interviewed and written about many notable people including sculptor Jim Sanborn (creator of the CIA's Kryptos sculpture),[1] Ed Scheidt (Chairman of the CIA's Cryptographic Center),[2] Mike Lynn (about the Cisco scandal in 2005), Australian film director Baz Luhrmann,[3] United States Assistant Attorney General Viet Dinh (creator of the Patriot Act), [4] and the famous cryptographer Bruce Schneier.[5]

Though born in the United States, she got her start as a journalist in Israel, when she was living there for three years. Some of her first articles were written for the Jerusalem Post. She speaks English and Hebrew, and her book on the Kabbalah has been published in multiple languages.

Selected articles[edit]



  • Simple Kabbalah: A Simple Wisdom Book, 2000, Conari Press, ISBN 0-7858-1511-2 (hardback), ISBN 1-57324-170-9 (paperback)
  • Cabala: para Viver com Sabedoria no Mundo Moderno, 2005, Nova Era, ISBN 85-7701-008-2
  • Lonely Planet Out to Eat: San Francisco, Lonely Planet Publications, ISBN 1-74059-270-0 (2002 edition), ISBN 1-86450-084-0 (2000 edition)
  • Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon, 2014, Crown, ISBN 0-77043-617-X


  1. ^ "Wired News: Questions for Kryptos' Creator". Archived from the original on 2005-01-25.
  2. ^ "Wired News: Inside Info on Kryptos' Codes". Archived from the original on 2005-02-08.
  3. ^ "Baz brings bohemians to the Bay". 18 October 2002.
  4. ^ "Wired News: The Patriot Act is Your Friend". Archived from the original on 2007-03-13. Retrieved 2006-01-06.
  5. ^ "Three Minutes with Security Expert Bruce Schneier". Archived from the original on 2005-10-21. Retrieved 2006-01-06.

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