Steve Ragan

Senior Staff Writer

Prior to joining the journalism world in 2005, Steve Ragan spent 15 years as a freelance IT contractor focused on infrastructure management and security. He's a father of two and rounded geek with a strong technical background.

Exposed MongoDB installs being erased, held for ransom

Hacking an election is about influence and disruption, not voting machines

Hacking an election is about influence and disruption, not voting machines

Every time there's an election, the topic of hacking one comes to the surface. During a presidential election, that conversation gets louder. Yet, even the elections held every two years see some sort of vote hacking coverage. But can...

Q&A: The myths and realities of hacking an election

Q&A: The myths and realities of hacking an election

Election hacking has become a key topic during this year's presidential elections, more so now that candidates and voters are being actively targeted by actors that are assumed to be acting with Russian support. In this modified...

5 arrested for impersonating the IRS, listen to a recorded scam in progress

5 arrested for impersonating the IRS, listen to a recorded scam in progress

Five people have been arrested in Miami who are said to be responsible for scamming 1,500 people out of more than $2 million by impersonating IRS agents. Their scams centered on contacting individual taxpayers out of the blue and...

Security startups hope to build venture-funded castles in the Innovation Sandbox

Security startups hope to build venture-funded castles in the Innovation Sandbox

The Innovation Sandbox contest during the RSA Conference has produced a number of interesting ideas and products over the years. It's the first major break for many of the startups attempting to make it in InfoSec, allowing them to...

Comcast's Xfinity Home Security vulnerable, fail open flaw leaves homes exposed

Comcast's Xfinity Home Security vulnerable, fail open flaw leaves homes exposed

Researchers at Rapid7 have disclosed vulnerabilities in Comcast's Xfinity Home Security offerings. The flaws cause the system to falsely report that a home's windows and doors are closed and secured, even if they've been opened.

After Paris, ISIS moves propaganda machine to Darknet

After Paris, ISIS moves propaganda machine to Darknet

Less than a day after the horrific attacks in Paris, ISIS has taken the Al-Hayat propaganda machine to the Darknet and published a new video celebrating the Paris attacks.

Three indicted in JPMorgan hacking case

Three indicted in JPMorgan hacking case

On Tuesday, Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara's office unsealed an indictment against three individuals charged with hacking several financial institutions, financial news publishers, and other companies.

Comcast resets nearly 200,000 passwords after customer list goes on sale

Comcast resets nearly 200,000 passwords after customer list goes on sale

Over the weekend, a reader directed Salted Hash to a post on a Dark Web marketplace selling a number of questionable, if not outright illegal goods. The post in question offered a list of 590,000 Comcast email addresses and...

The FBI isn't wrong; sometimes you will have to pay the ransom

The FBI isn't wrong; sometimes you will have to pay the ransom

Last week, during the 2015 Cyber Security Summit in Boston, Special Agent Joseph Bonavolonta said that the FBI's advice for some Ransomware attacks is to pay the ransom. Unfortunately, that might be the best option in some cases.

TalkTalk discloses possible breach, admits some data not encrypted

TalkTalk discloses possible breach, admits some data not encrypted

UK telecom TalkTalk has disclosed a possible breach, which based on the current investigation's findings, could have resulted in the compromise of customer information, including names and account data

Dow Jones & Co. discloses breach, incident likely related to Scottrade

Dow Jones & Co. discloses breach, incident likely related to Scottrade

On Friday, in a letter to customers, the CEO of Dow Jones & Co. disclosed a data breach affecting 3,500 people. Based on public details, the incident seems similar to a breach reported by Scottrade last week that impacted 4.6 million...

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