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.

Talking phishing campaigns with @PhishingAI's Jeremy Richards | Salted Hash, Ep. 42

Inside Dropbox and Microsoft Office phishing attacks | Salted Hash, Ep. SC03

Inside Dropbox and Microsoft Office phishing attacks | Salted Hash, Ep. SC03

Today on Salted Hash, we're going to look at a phishing attack that targeted me directly. It's got a few interesting elements, including a weak attempt to spoof an HTTPS connection, and a sort of hybrid lure, which starts as Dropbox...

What are phishing kits? Web components of phishing attacks explained
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What are phishing kits? Web components of phishing attacks explained

A phishing kit is the back-end to a phishing attack. It's the final step in most cases, where the criminal has replicated a known brand or organization.

Introducing Kit Hunter, a phishing kit detection script | Salted Hash, Ep. 40

Introducing Kit Hunter, a phishing kit detection script | Salted Hash, Ep. 40

Kit Hunter is a basic Python script that will run on Linux or Windows. When you run Kit Hunter it searches web directories for phishing kits based on common kit elements located in the tag file. If there is a match, it logs the...

Reddit discloses hack, says SMS intercept allowed attackers to skirt 2FA protections

Reddit discloses hack, says SMS intercept allowed attackers to skirt 2FA protections

Reddit, one of the largest websites on the internet, announced on Wednesday that someone was able to compromise staff accounts at their cloud and source code hosting providers, leaving backups, source code, and various logs exposed.

Samsam infected thousands of LabCorp systems via brute force RDP

Samsam infected thousands of LabCorp systems via brute force RDP

LabCorp, one of the largest clinical labs in the U.S., said the Samsam ransomware attack that forced their systems offline was contained quickly and didn't result in a data breach. However, in the brief time between detection and...

Salted Hash Ep 34: Red Team vs. Vulnerability Assessments

Salted Hash Ep 34: Red Team vs. Vulnerability Assessments

This week on Salted Hash, Phil Grimes, Professional Services Lead at RedLegg, discusses why words matter, the concept of scoping for Red Teams, and shares more stories from his days in the field as we discuss tailgating and dumpster...

No data breach at Patreon, but proactive notice caused some concern

No data breach at Patreon, but proactive notice caused some concern

Patreon, the membership platform that helps creators get paid for their work, sent users a letter on Monday warning them about a data breach at Typeform. But the proactive letter caused some panic, as more than a few people took it to...

92 million MyHeritage email addresses found on private server

92 million MyHeritage email addresses found on private server

On Monday, MyHeritage, an online genealogy platform, announced that more than 90 million of their users had email addresses and hashed passwords compromised, after a researcher discovered a file being hosted on a private server.

Salted Hash – SC 02: What a TSB phishing attack looks like

Salted Hash – SC 02: What a TSB phishing attack looks like

In April, TSB (a retail and commercial bank in the UK) announced they would shutdown some systems for an IT upgrade. However, the upgrade was a disaster, and over a month later customers are still having problems. As a result,...

Salted Hash Ep 26: Deception technologies that camouflage the network

Salted Hash Ep 26: Deception technologies that camouflage the network

Sometimes, the best defense is awareness. At their core, deception technologies can assist in this process, but what's the difference between a deception vendor and a honey pot?

Salted Hash - SC 01: What an Apple phishing attack looks like

Salted Hash - SC 01: What an Apple phishing attack looks like

Today on Salted Hash, we’re going to look at a phishing attack from two sides. The first side will be what the victim sees. After that, we're going to see what the criminal sees. We'll also discuss some steps administrators can take...

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