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.

Republican data analytics firm exposes voting records on 198 million Americans

Recap: News agency hack blamed for diplomatic meltdown in Qatar

Recap: News agency hack blamed for diplomatic meltdown in Qatar

Early Monday morning in Bahrain, the country's Foreign Affairs Ministry said the nation has severed diplomatic ties with Qatar. Within minutes of Bahrain's announcement, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt followed suit....

Google uses machine learning for new security features in Gmail

Google uses machine learning for new security features in Gmail

Google has pushed four new security features to enterprise users on G Suite, the search giant's hosted business offering. The new protections come shortly after Citizen Lab report exposed a Russia-linked Phishing and disinformation...

Proposed 'hack back' law would not have stopped WannaCry

Proposed 'hack back' law would not have stopped WannaCry

On Monday, the Financial Times published a story concerning a proposed bill form Representative Tom Graves, a Republican from Georgia's 14th district. Graves has proposed changing the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) to allow...

Malicious subtitles in popular media players could lead to remote compromise

Malicious subtitles in popular media players could lead to remote compromise

Researchers at Check Point have discovered a flaw affecting several popular media players, which stems from how they process subtitles. If exploited, an attacker could gain remote access to the victim's system. It's estimated that...

27 arrested for black box ATM attacks across Europe

27 arrested for black box ATM attacks across Europe

Europol said in a statement last week that 27 people have been arrested for their connection to a string of successful black box attacks against ATMs across Europe. Since 2016, these attacks have resulted in more than €45 million in...

DHS wargames included a scenario similar to WannaCry

DHS wargames included a scenario similar to WannaCry

In March of 2016, the Department of Homeland Security conducted a national exercise to see how the government and the private sector would react to a multi-sector cyberattack on critical infrastructure. The scenario included malware...

Dealing with WannaCry on Monday morning, and the days ahead

Dealing with WannaCry on Monday morning, and the days ahead

It's Monday. Across the globe organizations are likely having the same conversation: What happened? What is WannaCrypt (WannaCry)? Are we exposed? What can we do? If you're in the trenches, here's a brief outline that might help you...

Microsoft patches Windows XP and Server 2003 due to WannaCrypt attacks

Microsoft patches Windows XP and Server 2003 due to WannaCrypt attacks

On Friday evening, Microsoft released patches for Windows XP, Server 2003, and Windows 8, after those systems were infected with Ransomware on Friday. WannaCrypt, a variant of WannaCry Ransomware, used previously leaked NSA tools to...

Opinion: Some thoughts about Gizmodo's Phishing story

Opinion: Some thoughts about Gizmodo's Phishing story

On Tuesday, Gizmodo published a story about how easy it was to get Trump Administration officials and associates to click a Phishing link. In order to do this, the Gizmodo Special Projects Desk developed a fake Google Docs email,...

BEC attacks have hit thousands, top $5 billion in losses globally

BEC attacks have hit thousands, top $5 billion in losses globally

An updated advisory form the FBI says that Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks have become a multi-billion-dollar scam worldwide, as criminals take advantage of lax policies and human nature. Victims include businesses both large...

Recent Google Docs Phishing attack is a win for Blue Teams

Recent Google Docs Phishing attack is a win for Blue Teams

On Wednesday afternoon, social media exploded with reports of a new Phishing attack targeting users of Google Docs. The attack was clever, centered on getting the victim to grant permissions to an application called Google Docs before...

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