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Nathan Wasson

Nathan grew up with computer hardware news and reviews in the family business and eventually joined the business himself in 2014. He initially joined to make video reviews and help with the podcast, but was soon asked if he would write, and he's been writing about computers ever since. More recently, Nathan has developed a passion for internet privacy, security, and decentralization and likes writing about those topics the most. He spends much of his free time tinkering with Linux distributions, custom Android ROMs, privacy and security tools, and self-hosting solutions. He also started gaming on a PC at a young age and still can't give up Unreal Tournament 2004 and Supreme Commander 2. Beyond computers, Nathan is a car enthusiast and philosophy nerd.

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Researchers at the cybersecurity firm ESET have discovered an active Android malware campaign that began in January 2022. The campaign in question distributes spyware injected into legitimate VPN apps. The researchers have tied this campaign to an advanced persistent threat (APT) group known as “Bahamut.” Bahamut... Read more...
This week, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the seizure of seven domain names that cybercriminals used to carry out a cryptocurrency scam. The scam in question is known as a “pig butchering” scheme, as the scammers metaphorically led their victims to the slaughter. In these sorts of schemes, the... Read more...
Three days ago, users of the sports betting service DraftKings began reporting that their accounts had been hacked. In cases in which the hacked accounts contained funds, users reported the hackers attempting to withdraw their funds to newly added bank cards. Yesterday, DraftKings acknowledged these reports publicly... Read more...
Researchers at the cybersecurity company Cyble have published a technical analysis of a new ransomware known as “AXLocker.” Aside from the regular data encryption performed by ransomware, AXLocker also searches victims’ systems for Discord login tokens, then hands these tokens over to the threat actor behind the... Read more...
Two weeks ago, the Biden administration convened the second International Counter Ransomware Summit, warning that ransomware attacks are outpacing efforts to mitigate them. Now, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Department of Health and... Read more...
Almost a year ago exactly, DuckDuckGo introduced a new App Tracking Protection feature for its Android browser app as part of the company’s plan to build an all-in-one privacy app that extends beyond just web browsing and search results. DuckDuckGo initially launched this new feature in closed beta, but, as of... Read more...
The cybersecurity firm Cyjax has published a new report detailing an ongoing phishing campaign that has made use of over 42,000 domains going back to 2017. The campaign targets WhatsApp users with surveys promising rewards from major international brands, such as McDonald’s and Coca-Cola. Cyjax researchers have... Read more...
Around 8,000 Android and iOS apps rely on code provided by Pushwoosh to monitor user activity and send custom push notifications. According to a report by Reuters, Pushwoosh has made efforts to portray itself as a US-based company, obscuring the fact that the company operates out of Russia. Among the clients that... Read more...
Back in September, hot off of launching its first ever gaming monitors, HyperX unveiled the Cloud Stinger 2. It brings a sleeker look and refined 50mm drivers to the company’s budget gaming headset. After revealing this updated offering, HyperX evidently wasted no time enhancing the headset even further, as the... Read more...
Google’s Project Zero team, which finds and analyzes zero-day security vulnerabilities, has revealed that an unnamed commercial surveillance company developed spyware that exploited three vulnerabilities specific to Samsung phones equipped with Exynos SoCs. Project Zero managed to obtain a sample of the exploit chain... Read more...
Researchers at the cybersecurity firm Zimperium have discovered a botnet made up of web browsers infected by malware. The malware in question is known as Cloud9 and takes the form of browser extensions. When installed, these browser extensions take control of infected browsers to steal valuable information and perform... Read more...
Two iOS developers used a jailbroken iPhone to decrypt and analyze network traffic between the device and Apple. What the developers found is that many of Apple’s own apps frequently send detailed user behavior data along with unique device identifiers back to Apple even when analytics sharing, personalized ads, and... Read more...
On Monday, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed that Internal Revenue Service – Crimes Investigation (IRS-CI) Special Agents raided James Zhong’s house in Gainesville, Georgia back in November 2021. The raid, which was authorized by a search warrant, resulted in the seizure of 50,676 Bitcoin. After cooperating... Read more...
Earlier this year, threat researchers at the cybersecurity company IronNet discovered a phishing-as-a-service (PhaaS) platform known as Robin Banks. While the name may be humorous, the platform itself is no laughing matter, as it serves to aid cybercriminals in stealing innocent users’ banking credentials. After... Read more...
JPEG XL is an emerging image file format designed to increase image fidelity while decreasing file size when compared to other popular image formats, particularly the old JPEG format. At present, both Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome support the new image format as an experimental feature. However, it seems that... Read more...
Threat researchers at the cybersecurity firm Proofpoint have discovered an extensive malware campaign targeting readers of online news outlets. A threat actor tracked as TA569, also known as SocGholish, has managed to compromise the infrastructure of a media company that serves content to a large number of news... Read more...
Yesterday, the cloud storage provider Dropbox disclosed a recent phishing attack targeting the company’s employees that resulted in unauthorized access to 130 of its GitHub repositories. Fortunately, the incident didn’t escalate to a breach affecting any users’ Dropbox content, passwords, or payment information... Read more...
A Reddit user looking download and install the free image editor GIMP has discovered a devious malware campaign using contextual Google search ads to trick unsuspecting users into installing the RedLine stealer malware. The user who uncovered and reported this campaign almost fell prey to it himself, until Windows... Read more...
Today and tomorrow, the White House is convening the second International Counter Ransomware Summit with representatives from over thirty countries and fifteen cybersecurity companies in attendance. This event comes after last year’s first ever summit of the same name, which was held virtually. Leading up to this... Read more...
Researchers at the threat analysis company ThreatFabric have published a report detailing some recent evolutions in Android malware droppers on the Google Play Store. Recent changes to Google Play policies restricting access to certain permissions have pushed malware developers to find workarounds. Google is... Read more...
Yesterday, a thirty-four year old resident of London. England, Daniel Kaye, was called before a grand jury to answer for nine federal charges. Kaye is accused of operating an online marketplace where cybercriminals bought and sold stolen information and illicit items. According to court documents, this online... Read more...
See Tickets, an online event ticket vendor that services both Europe and North America, has disclosed a major data breach affecting its payment processing portals. While the data breach notice is light on details, See Tickets customers should know that their payment information, including credit card credential, may... Read more...
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