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.

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Kaspersky discovers supply-chain attack at NetSarang

Kaspersky discovers supply-chain attack at NetSarang

While investigating suspicious DNS requests for a financial institution, researchers at Kaspersky discovered backdoor in recently updated copies of software released by NetSarang, a developer of management tools for servers and...

Attackers experimenting with CVE-2017-0199 in recent phishing attacks

Attackers experimenting with CVE-2017-0199 in recent phishing attacks

Researchers at Trend Micro and Cisco's Talos have identified a new wave of Phishing attacks leveraging CVE-2017-0199, a previously-patched remote code execution vulnerability in the OLE (Windows Object Linking and Embedding) interface...

How to recover from a ransomware attack

How to recover from a ransomware attack

Computer infected by ransomware? Don't panic. Follow the step-by-step instructions in this video for your best shot of removing it and recovering your data.

Cylance blamed for DirectDefense’s ‘botnet’ disclosure

Cylance blamed for DirectDefense’s ‘botnet’ disclosure

Twenty-four hours after Carbon Black responded to a report from DirectDefense that their Cb Response product was leaking customer information (it doesn't), one company executive is pointing the finger at Cylance as the source of the...

Pentest firm calls Carbon Black

Pentest firm calls Carbon Black "world’s largest pay-for-play data exfiltration botnet"

On Wednesday, DirectDefense, Inc. disclosed that they've discovered hundreds of thousands of files from Carbon Black customers. The discovery is said to pose a significant risk to Carbon Black's clients, because of the company's...

Engineering firm exposes SCIF plans and power vulnerability reports

Engineering firm exposes SCIF plans and power vulnerability reports

Chris Vickery, director of cyber risk research at UpGuard, Inc., says that a misconfigured Rsync server maintained by Power Quality Engineering, Inc. (PQE) exposed client information pertaining to critical infrastructure for the City...

Hackers claim credit for alleged hack at Mandiant, publish dox on analyst

Hackers claim credit for alleged hack at Mandiant, publish dox on analyst

Late Sunday evening, someone posted details alleged to have come from a compromised system maintained by Adi Peretz, a Senior Threat Intelligence Analyst at Mandiant. The leaked records expose the analyst from both a personal and...

The congestion at DEF CON 25 is rough, don’t forget about DEF CON TV

The congestion at DEF CON 25 is rough, don’t forget about DEF CON TV

The lines at DEF CON 25 are clogging the hallways at Caesar’s in Las Vegas. However, it’s still possible to catch the talks, thanks to DEF CON TV.

Las Vegas UPS Store makes risk adjustments due to DEF CON

Las Vegas UPS Store makes risk adjustments due to DEF CON

The UPS Store in Caesars Palace is preparing to host thousands of hackers this weekend by issuing a warning to hotel guests who are looking for printing services – no USB printing and no links.

Configuration errors blamed for sensitive data exposed via Google Groups

Configuration errors blamed for sensitive data exposed via Google Groups

Researchers at RedLock, working within the Cloud Security Intelligence team, say they've discovered hundreds of organizations exposing sensitive data via Google Groups, pinning the cause on basic configuration issues.

Scammers demand Bitcoin in DDoS extortion scheme, deliver empty threats

Scammers demand Bitcoin in DDoS extortion scheme, deliver empty threats

The FBI has issued an advisory to businesses over a recent string of DDoS extortion attempts. The perpetrators are claiming to be affiliated with Anonymous or Lizard Squad, and their demands threaten sustained attacks unless a Bitcoin...

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