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.

IRS issues new tax scam warnings, FSA tool suspended due to security concerns

Cisco to patch 300 devices against flaw found in CIA archives

Cisco to patch 300 devices against flaw found in CIA archives

After digging through the CIA archives released by WikiLeaks, Cisco says they've discovered a previously unknown flaw impacting 318 switch models. The bug, which the CIA has known about for an undetermined amount of time, can allow a...

More than 120,000 affected by W-2 Phishing scams this tax season

More than 120,000 affected by W-2 Phishing scams this tax season

Tax season doesn't officially end in the United States until April 18. At last count, 110 organizations have reported successful Phishing attacks targeting W-2 records, placing more than 120,000 taxpayers at risk for identity fraud.

Cisco and Apache issue warnings over Zero-Day flaw being targeted in the wild

Cisco and Apache issue warnings over Zero-Day flaw being targeted in the wild

Cisco's Talos says they've observed active attacks against a Zero-Day vulnerability in Apache's Struts, a popular Java application framework. Cisco started investigating the vulnerability shortly after it was disclosed, and found a...

SpammerGate: The takeaway lessons and follow-ups on the River City Media data breach

SpammerGate: The takeaway lessons and follow-ups on the River City Media data breach

Earlier this week, Salted Hash reported on the River City Media data breach, which exposed their operations fully. Today's follow-up examines some lessons learned, and few of the tools used by the company during their spamming...

Spammers expose their entire operation through bad backups

Spammers expose their entire operation through bad backups

In January, MacKeeper researcher Chris Vickery contacted Salted Hash with an interesting discovery, and with the help of Spamhaus, we were able to fully make sense of the data. What follows is an inside look at a well-known, but...

Carders capitalize on Cloudflare problems, claim 150 million logins for sale

Carders capitalize on Cloudflare problems, claim 150 million logins for sale

A carder forum is advertising a special deal to VIP members. The website claims to possess more than 150 million logins, from a number of services including Netflix, and Uber.

Bleeding clouds: Cloudflare server errors blamed for leaked customer data

Bleeding clouds: Cloudflare server errors blamed for leaked customer data

While working on something completely unrelated, Google security researcher, Tavis Ormandy, recently discovered that Cloudflare was leaking a wide range of sensitive information, which could have included everything from cookies and...

Salted Hash: RSAC 2017 Recap

Salted Hash: RSAC 2017 Recap

Last week, Salted Hash was in California for the annual RSA Conference in San Francisco. The week was full of drama between the testing labs and endpoint protection firms, but aside from that we managed to have a few interesting...

CrowdStrike attempts to sue NSS Labs to prevent test release, court denies request

CrowdStrike attempts to sue NSS Labs to prevent test release, court denies request

Last week, before the start of the RSA conference in San Francisco, CrowdStrike filed for a restraining order and injunction in a federal court, seeking to prevent NSS Labs from releasing the results of a recent NSS' Advanced Endpoint...

Salted Hash: RSA Conference 2017 – Live Blog

Salted Hash: RSA Conference 2017 – Live Blog

All this week, Salted Hash will be on location at the RSA Conference in San Francisco. We'll be updating the blog multiple times a day (each day) with news and other content from the show – so check-back often and refresh this post.

Vendors respond to Cylance's new testing methods with AV-TEST

Vendors respond to Cylance's new testing methods with AV-TEST

Earlier this morning, as part of a story on Cylance's claims that AV-Comparatives was using deceptive testing methodologies and pirated software, Salted Hash revealed details on a new test Cylance commissioned with AV-TEST. We reached...

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