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.

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

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...

Cylance accuses AV-Comparatives and MRG Effitas of fraud and software piracy

Cylance accuses AV-Comparatives and MRG Effitas of fraud and software piracy

Towards the end of 2016, Cylance, a feisty endpoint protection startup out of Irvine, California, published a series of blogs challenging the methods used by two certification labs to conduct endpoint protection tests. Cylance called...

Indiana distributor hit by W-2 scam twice in two years, more than 600 affected

Indiana distributor hit by W-2 scam twice in two years, more than 600 affected

Monarch Beverage, Indiana's largest distributor of beer and wine, said they were victimized by scammers targeting W-2 records this week, affecting more than 600 employees. However, the situation went from bad to worse after an...

29,000 taxpayers affected by W-2 scams, IRS issues new warning

29,000 taxpayers affected by W-2 scams, IRS issues new warning

Last week, the Internal Revenue Service issued a new warning to employers, urging them to stay alert as reports of compromised W-2 records started to climb. At least 29,000 taxpayers have been affected by W-2 scams since the tax...

Details on 200,000 racing fans exposed by IndyCar

Details on 200,000 racing fans exposed by IndyCar

Chris Vickery, a security researcher for MacKeeper, recently discovered an open Rsync server hosting the personal details for at least 200,000 racing fans. The data comes from a now defunct racing forum called DownForce, which closed...

Dozens of Netgear products vulnerable to authentication bypass flaws

Dozens of Netgear products vulnerable to authentication bypass flaws

Simon Kenin, a security researcher at Trustwave, was – by his own admission – being lazy the day he discovered an authentication vulnerability in his Netgear router. Instead of getting up out of bed to address a connection problem, he...

MongoDB ransom attacks continue to plague administrators

MongoDB ransom attacks continue to plague administrators

Earlier this month, Salted Hash reported on a surge in attacks against publicly accessible MongoDB installations. Since January 3, the day of that first report, the number of victims has climbed from about 200 databases to more than...

Breach notification website LeakedSource allegedly raided

Breach notification website LeakedSource allegedly raided

LeakedSource, a breach notification service that exposed some of 2016’s largest data breaches, might be facing a permanent shutdown. According to a forum post on a well-known marketplace, the owner of LeakedSource was raided earlier...

IRS to delay tax refunds as a security precaution

IRS to delay tax refunds as a security precaution

Refunds for more than 40 million low-income families could be delayed by the IRS this year, as the tax agency looks to leverage the extra time to combat identity theft and fraud. These delays will surely impact some of the families...

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

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

Misconfigured Rsync instances across multiple servers has led to a data breach at a Canadian ISP, exposing sensitive information and affecting all of their customers. The ISP, KWIC Internet in Simcoe, Ontario, fixed the problems after...

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