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.

Rsync errors lead to data breach at Canadian ISP, KWIC Internet

Video: How to recover a system from a Ransomware attack

Video: How to recover a system from a Ransomware attack

Having a system infected with Ransomware can be a painful and frightening experience for some. However, if you’ve got backups and some time on your hands, it is possible to recover from a Ransomware attack. Here's how you do it.

Video: Infecting a system with Locky Ransomware

Video: Infecting a system with Locky Ransomware

Ransomware is a problem. Businesses, governments, even home users have felt the impact of this malicious criminal enterprise. CSO wanted to demonstrate the speed and devastation that comes with a Ransomware attack, and the only way to...

Hello Kitty database leaked to the web, 3.3 million fans affected

Hello Kitty database leaked to the web, 3.3 million fans affected

A Sanrio database that was misconfigured and exposed to the public in 2015 was eventually secured by the company. In a statement, Sanrio said they didn’t believe any data was stolen. But that’s exactly what happened. Now, over a year...

ESEA hacked, 1.5 million records leaked after alleged failed extortion attempt

ESEA hacked, 1.5 million records leaked after alleged failed extortion attempt

E-Sports Entertainment Association (ESEA), one of the largest competitive video gaming communities on the planet, was hacked last December. As a result, a database containing 1.5 million player profiles was compromised.

FTC goes after D-Link for security problems

FTC goes after D-Link for security problems

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint on Thursday against Taiwan’s D-Link and its U.S. subsidiary, D-Link Systems, Inc., alleging the company has put consumer privacy at risk with inadequate security measures.

Exposed MongoDB installs being erased, held for ransom

Exposed MongoDB installs being erased, held for ransom

Security researcher Victor Gevers, co-founder of the GDI Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to making the internet safer, is urging administrators to check their MongoDB installations, after finding nearly two hundred of them wiped...

The power grid hack that wasn’t – Vermont’s Burlington Electric

The power grid hack that wasn’t – Vermont’s Burlington Electric

On Friday, the Washington Post reported that Russian hackers had penetrated the U.S. power grid by compromising a utility in Vermont. The story was altered, and the initial claims were eventually retracted, but by the time this...

Agent applications for Nevada’s medical marijuana program exposed

Agent applications for Nevada’s medical marijuana program exposed

Agent applications for establishments looking to operate within Nevada’s medical marijuana program have been exposed to the public, enabling anyone to view an applicant’s personal details.

Phishing email scams 108 government employees, 756,000 people affected by breach

Phishing email scams 108 government employees, 756,000 people affected by breach

On Friday, The LA County Chief Executive Office issued a public notice that 756,000 Californians were going to be receiving breach notification letters, after a single Phishing email scammed more than one hundred county employees. The...

Data enrichment records for 200 million people up for sale on the Darknet

Data enrichment records for 200 million people up for sale on the Darknet

Full data enrichment profiles for more than 200 million people have been placed up for sale on the Darknet. The person offering the files claims the data is from Experian, and is looking to get $600 for everything.

Netgear working to fix flaw that left thousands of devices open to attack

Netgear working to fix flaw that left thousands of devices open to attack

A remotely exploitable vulnerability in the Nighthawk line of Netgear routers was disclosed on Friday. The flaw leaves customers exposed to having their connections hijacked, as someone exploiting the vulnerability can take complete...

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