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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AI generated image of child in satanic dress in front of grey background (l) AI generated image of Target Baphomet display (c) AI generated image of children in satanic pj's in front of grey background (r)

No, Target is not using Baphomet mannequins to push Satanic clothing to kids

The retailer is currently facing backlash from conservatives for carrying Pride merchandise.

On Jun 1, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

Christina Pushaw

‘Tom Clancy-style story about a CIA asset’: Why Trump fans think DeSantis’ press secretary is a deep state operative

'They’ve now concocted a Tom Clancy-style story about Pushaw being a CIA asset...'

On Jun 1, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

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Why do Ron and Casey DeSantis pronounce his last name differently?

The presidential candidate and his wife seem to say the last name differently.

On May 31, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaking at a podium.

‘I’ve got a crush on @elonmusk’: An AOC parody account is riling up the congresswoman

'FYI there’s a fake account on here impersonating me and going viral,' the congresswoman tweeted.

On May 31, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

Chick Fil A Building

‘I don’t want to have to boycott’: Conservatives who love Chick-fil-A are distraught after finding out it supports diversity

'I will NOT patron their restaurants until they repent.'

On May 30, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

K9 Santos

‘Mfs trying to get sympathy for shooting their own dog’: Police department criticized for social media tribute to departed K9

'Mfs trying to get sympathy for shooting their own dog.'

On May 30, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

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Trump supporters keep trying to tie Ron DeSantis to George Soros

'Fact checkers can’t stop what’s already been unleashed.'

On May 30, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

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Conspiracy theorists twist facts around missing ammonium nitrate to push false flag claims

A quick glance at the facts surrounding the incident shows how the conspiracy theory is false.

On May 30, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

Donald Trump (l) Ron DeSantis (r)

Technical difficulties didn’t stop Hitler from joining DeSantis’ Twitter Space (according to Trump)

Satan was also supposedly in the chat.

On May 25, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

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‘Literally a swamp creature’: Ron DeSantis couldn’t have picked a worse logo to please the far-right

'Could this be the biggest communications blunder by Team DeSantis so far?'

On May 24, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

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Nazi flag at site of White House U-Haul crash deemed ‘planted’ by conspiracy theorists

'Pay attention, people. This isn't organic.'

On May 23, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

An Apple logo with a lock next to it. The logo for the Daily Dot web_crawlr column 'Your Password Sucks' is in the top right corner.

Y0ur [email protected] S*cks: Do I need virus protection software on Apple products?

Mac comes equipped with some great security features, but there are steps you can take for added security.

On May 23, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

Explosion near pentagon made with artificial intelligence

A viral AI image of an explosion at the Pentagon caused a brief stock market dip

The Pentagon and local fire departments quickly confirmed the image to be false.

On May 22, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

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EXCLUSIVE: Murder, kidnapping, brutality charges: These are the cops Ron DeSantis paid to come to Florida 

Florida's police recruitment bonus appears to have attracted a certain kind of cop.

On May 21, 2023 by Michael Zhang, David Covucci, Claire Goforth, Mikael Thalen, Rebecca Caraway

Donald Trump in Puerto Rico

Is this massive bulge in Trump’s pants real?

A viral image purports to show a massive protrusion between Trump's legs.

On May 17, 2023 by Mikael Thalen