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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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

Former White House's chief strategist for Donald Trump Administration Steve Bannon

Ad tech watchdog petitions 8 companies to stop advertising on Steve Bannon’s ‘War Room’

'We will no longer be advertising on this network which does not reflect our values.'

On Sep 22, 2022 by Mikael Thalen

Protesters holding signs 'Is Hijab a choice Mesha Amini died after being arrested and beaten savagely by the morality police in Iran, responsible for enforcing the obligation for Iranian women to wear the veil in Tehra'

‘Anonymous’-affiliated hackers claim to take down Iranian websites in support of protests

The death of a 22-year-old has led to widespread protests in Iran.

On Sep 21, 2022 by Mikael Thalen

elizabeth warren

Elizabeth Warren demands crisis pregnancy centers explain how they handle sensitive health data

'This information may be used to put women’s health and freedom to choose in jeopardy.'

On Sep 20, 2022 by Mikael Thalen

Donald Trump sitting next to Queen Elizabeth II

Don’t fall for the claim that Trump was secretly knighted by Queen Elizabeth

Numerous users appeared convinced that a fake screenshot was legitimate.

On Sep 20, 2022 by Mikael Thalen

woman speaking standing holding dark grey bag/case (l) woman standing speaking caption 'Perks of corporate America' 'Humble brag' (c) woman standing speaking holding case of White Claws (r)

‘Oh to be a decent-looking, young, Caucasian woman’: Boss sends White Claws to his female employee’s house after she said she liked them, sparking debate

'100% a personality hire.'

On Sep 16, 2022 by Mikael Thalen

Kiwi Farms logo on gray background with silhouette of phone with 'Q' on screen on right

‘You should be ashamed of yourself’: Did a QAnon influencer just buy Kiwi Farms?

'I despise them, I despise the owner, personally I hate the owner.'

On Sep 16, 2022 by Mikael Thalen

Rudy W. Giuliani smiling in front of white and gray background (l) Mike Lindell smiling in front of blue background (r)

FBI seizure of Mike Lindell’s phone prompts right-wing pillow promoters to push promo codes

'Rudy Giuliani went from the guy who got NYC through the aftermath of 9/11 to a My Pillow influencer.'

On Sep 15, 2022 by Mikael Thalen

TikTok app opening on phone on half blue half red background

TikTok brags to Congress that it ‘wasn’t the platform of choice’ for Jan. 6 rioters

The company's COO appeared before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

On Sep 14, 2022 by Mikael Thalen

Northeastern University Boston, Massachusetts

College VR lab sent suspicious package with ‘rambling’ anti-Mark Zuckerberg manifesto

The note allegedly decried the ties between academia and VR development.

On Sep 14, 2022 by Mikael Thalen

Instagram account blurred out with bio circled in red 'Managed and monitored by mom' (l) man speaking in front of purple lighted background (c) Instagram account blurred out with bio circled in red 'supervised by mum' with arrow pointing to followers and caption 'Look familiar?' (r)

‘Attention DOJ’: TikTokers spin wildly unfounded tale of child sex abuse cover-up in the wake of Patreon layoffs

The claims don't add up.

On Sep 13, 2022 by Mikael Thalen

Peiter Zatko speaking into microphone

Twitter didn’t care about having foreign spies on its payroll, whistleblower tells Congress

Peiter 'Mudge' Zatko says Twitter was 'unwilling to put the effort in' to find spies.

On Sep 13, 2022 by Mikael Thalen