mikael-thalen

Mikael Thalen


Mikael Thalen is a tech and security reporter based in Seattle, covering social media, data breaches, hackers, and more.

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Joe Biden smiling in front of cannabis leaves and green accents

Joe Biden becomes ‘Dank Brandon’ after announcing marijuana pardons

'Folks, Dank Brandon is about to puff puff pass some serious legislation.'

On Oct 6, 2022 by Mikael Thalen

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Right-wing election-denying group claims victory after software CEO arrested over poll worker data

The arrest of an election company CEO is being used to promote false election fraud claims.

On Oct 6, 2022 by Mikael Thalen

money counting machine counting caption 'This is your sign to fake being a girl and start stripping in the metaverse'(l) Anime girl dancing in VR caption 'This is your sign to fake being a girl and start stripping in the metaverse'(c) person holding 100 dollar bills caption 'This is your sign to fake being a girl and start stripping in the metaverse' (r)

Metaverse stripping is being pushed as a new lucrative side hustle on TikTok—but it’s a low-key NFT scam

'This is your sign to fake being a girl and start stripping in the metaverse.'

On Oct 5, 2022 by Mikael Thalen

United States Constitution 'We The People'

White House unveils ‘Bill of Rights’ to protect against abusive AI

'The Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights is a guide for a society that protects all people from these threats.'

On Oct 4, 2022 by Mikael Thalen

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Conspiracy theorists are already claiming the COVID vaccine killed Coolio

Anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists have made the same claims following the death of countless other celebrities in recent years.

On Oct 4, 2022 by Mikael Thalen

Department Of Justice seal on podium

Republicans demand answers from DOJ on hack of Christian donation site GiveSendGo

Republicans cite hacks attributed to Anonymous and the Operation Jane campaign.

On Sep 29, 2022 by Mikael Thalen

Weatherman saves kitten Hurricane Ian

‘Is there not enough misery already without using an animal in distress for clickbait?’: Weatherman fails to save kitten stuck in Hurricane Ian, sparking debate

'This man’s career was just ruined with one cat tweet.'

On Sep 28, 2022 by Mikael Thalen

woman holding iPhone X

Hackers blast ‘obscene, racist’ notifications across Apple News after breaching media company

The hacker is now reportedly planning to release data on the company's employees.

On Sep 28, 2022 by Mikael Thalen

Joe Biden speaking in front of red tan and black background with American flag

U.S. attack or Russian false flag? The internet is awash in theories over sabotaged Russian gas pipeline

'If Russia invades... then there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2,' Biden once said.

On Sep 27, 2022 by Mikael Thalen

Tweet by Hamish Mitchell 'The 'Occupy Democrats Election Fund' PAC', run by Omar Rivero, raised $797K from 2021-2022. They contributed $0 to federal candidates. And they spent $577k on 'Fundraising Consultants'. Would @OccupyDemocrats & @OmarRiverosays care to explain?' over cash background

Occupy Democrats cite high cost of memes after left-wing PAC accused of not distributing funds

If you understood the time and effort that goes into making viral memes... you might respect our work more.'

On Sep 27, 2022 by Mikael Thalen

A woman wearing a pair of white Reebok shoes

Conspiracy theorists think these Reebok shoes are Satanic

The theory falls apart under the slightest scrutiny.

On Sep 27, 2022 by Mikael Thalen

Donald Trump on stage with Kristen Synema holding People magazine, deepfaked video

Don’t fall for that video of Kyrsten Sinema on-stage at a Trump rally

It was pretty obviously fake.

On Sep 26, 2022 by Mikael Thalen

A man holding a license plate in a parking garage

Parking apps can let anyone track your car—this hacker wants to stop it

Data from parking apps, even if you don't use them, can be utilized to keep tabs on your location.

On Sep 26, 2022 by Mikael Thalen

Lenovo ThinkPad on white background with caption 'Lenovo ThinkPad' (l) Man in front of brick wall with hand out caption 'What your work laptop says about your company' (c) MacBook Pro on white background with caption 'MacBook Pro' (r)

‘I just started a new job and they gave me a DESKTOP’: Here’s what your work computer says about your company

'As far as I can tell, that’s SPOT ON.'

On Sep 23, 2022 by Mikael Thalen

Man walking with shirt that says 'YOU'RE BREATHTAKING' as Keanu Reeves deepfake (l) Man walking pointing towards camera with shirt that says 'YOU'RE BREATHTAKING' as Keanu Reeves deepfake (c) Man walking with shirt that says 'YOU'RE BREATHTAKING' as Keanu Reeves deepfake (r)

Don’t fall for this Keanu Reeves deepfake on TikTok like millions of others already have

'POV: you're checking the comments to figure out if it's a look alike guy or some kind of face swap filter.'

On Sep 23, 2022 by Mikael Thalen