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.

SamSam ransomware attacks have earned nearly $850,000

SamSam ransomware attacks have earned nearly $850,000

First emerging in late 2015, the group believed to be responsible for the SamSam ransomware family has targeted small and large businesses, healthcare, governments, and education. To date, the group has made nearly $850,000 USD

Symantec: Diverse threats remain a consistent problem online

Symantec: Diverse threats remain a consistent problem online

A report published this evening by Symantec outlines the rocky year consumers and business owners had online in 2017, covering everything from coin mining attacks, problems in the supply chain, ransomware, BEC attacks, and more.

Salted Hash Ep 21: Scammers targeting Office 365 and DocuSign

Salted Hash Ep 21: Scammers targeting Office 365 and DocuSign

Welcome back! Salted Hash is gearing up to shoot our next season, as well as other segments in April during the RSA Conference, but this week we're going to chat with Asaf Cidon, vice president of email security services at Barracuda....

Nuance says NotPetya attack led to $92 million in lost revenue

Nuance says NotPetya attack led to $92 million in lost revenue

Nuance Communications, a software company that offers speech and imaging technology to a number of markets, including healthcare and finance, said the 2017 NotPetya malware attacks caused the company to lose $92 million in revenue,...

Salted Hash Ep 20: GDPR: Looming deadlines, massive penalties

Salted Hash Ep 20: GDPR: Looming deadlines, massive penalties

The May 25 deadline for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is quickly approaching. Organizations large and small are scrambling to align with these new requirements, but the task isn't an easy one. In fact, the idea of...

North Korea hacking group is expanding operations, researchers say

North Korea hacking group is expanding operations, researchers say

A group of hackers from North Korea (DPRK), recently connected to the usage of an Adobe Flash zero-day vulnerability (CVE-2018-4878), has expanded its operations in both scope and sophistication, FireEye says.

Salted Hash Ep 18: Mobile security and privacy

Salted Hash Ep 18: Mobile security and privacy

Everyone, from activists, journalists, CEOs, and politicians, walk around with a computer in their pocket, sometimes calling it a phone. This week on Salted Hash, we talk about mobile privacy and security with the founder of The...

The Importance of Discerning Between Job Burnout and PTSD

The Importance of Discerning Between Job Burnout and PTSD

It is important to discuss the key differences between PTSD and burnout in order for us to avoid making light of a serious psychological disorder

Salted Hash Ep 17: Spectre and Meltdown, a vehicle that no one is using

Welcome to another episode of Salted Hash. This week, Salted Hash is joined by our new Staff Writer, J.M. Porup, to talk about some recent developments related to Spectre and Meltdown, including patch fixes, future mitigations, and a...

Salted Hash Ep 15: The state of security now and the not too distant future

Salted Hash Ep 15: The state of security now and the not too distant future

This week, Salted Hash is joined by Rob Lee, faculty fellow at the SANS Technology Institute, to talk about preventable IT security and the state of the industry as 2018 gets underway.

Allscripts recovering from ransomware attack that has kept key tools offline

Allscripts recovering from ransomware attack that has kept key tools offline

Allscripts, the billion-dollar electronic health record (EHR) company headquartered in Chicago, IL said they were still working to recover from a ransomware attack that left several applications offline after data centers in Raleigh...

OnePlus says up to 40,000 customers affected by credit card breach

OnePlus says up to 40,000 customers affected by credit card breach

OnePlus, the company behind a popular line of Android devices, said on Friday that up to 40,000 customers might be at risk after a malicious script compromised payment card data during the checkout process.

Salted Hash Ep 14: Are mass transit systems the next big target?

Salted Hash Ep 14: Are mass transit systems the next big target?

This week Salted Hash talks with Stan Engelbrecht, director of the cybersecurity practice at D3 Security, about the inherent flaws in security defenses for public transportation systems -- and what can be done.

Salted Hash Ep 13: Bug bounties and video surveillance programs

Salted Hash Ep 13: Bug bounties and video surveillance programs

Welcome to 2018! This week's episode is the first of the year, and we're joined by longtime regular Fahmida Rashid to talk about DJI's bug bounty problems and a pitch about video surveillance programs. We also talk about what we think...

Spectre and Meltdown: What you need to know going forward

Spectre and Meltdown: What you need to know going forward

As you've likely heard by now, there are some problems with Intel, AMD, and ARM processors. Called Meltdown and Spectre, the discovered attack possibilities are rather severe, as they impact pretty much every technical device on the...

GPS tracking vulnerabilities leave millions of products at risk

GPS tracking vulnerabilities leave millions of products at risk

It's an IoT nightmare. One that is entirely preventable. Two researchers have disclosed problems with hundreds of vulnerable GPS services using open APIs and trivial passwords (123456), resulting in a multitude of privacy issues...

North Korea to blame for WannaCry, Trump administration says

North Korea to blame for WannaCry, Trump administration says

On Monday evening, the Trump administration blamed North Korea for the WannaCry ransomware attacks back in May. Homeland security advisor, Thomas P. Bossert, published the administration's conclusions in an Op-Ed for the Wall Street...

Salted Hash Ep 12: Zero trust networks and other things that caught our attention in 2017

Salted Hash Ep 12: Zero trust networks and other things that caught our attention in 2017

This week's episode of Salted Hash is the last one for 2017, so we're closing out the year by talking about security wins, and the incidents that held the attention of our panel. Steve is joined by Akamai's Dave Lewis, Andy Ellis and...

Salted Hash Ep 11: Dyn Inc. DDoS anniversary, and the truth about the Reaper botnet

Salted Hash Ep 11: Dyn Inc. DDoS anniversary, and the truth about the Reaper botnet

For this week's episode of Salted Hash, we're joined by Josh Shaul, the vice president of web security at Akamai. He shares his story about his experiences during the Dyn Inc. DDoS attacks, and offers some details about the Reaper...

Salted Hash Ep 10: Office 365 phishing examples, the bad and the ugly

Salted Hash Ep 10: Office 365 phishing examples, the bad and the ugly

This week's episode of Salted Hash is a personal one, as we're taking a look at some Office 365 phishing emails that have targeted staffers at CSO Online and CIO.com. The attempts themselves are really low quality, but they work....

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