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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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Zimperium, a cybersecurity company that focuses on mobile devices, has published research detailing a new family of Android spyware. Dubbed “RatMilad,” this spyware seems to be targeting enterprise mobile devices located in the Middle East. However, unlike many other spyware families, such as Pegasus and Hermit... Read more...
Last month, researchers at the cybersecurity firm GTSC discovered cyberattacks actively exploiting two zero-day vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Exchange email system. The researchers reported these two vulnerabilities to the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), which verified this report and passed it on to Microsoft. The... Read more...
On September 5, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest school district in the United States, published a news release disclosing a ransomware attack on its internal systems. While LAUSD is far from the only school to have been hit by ransomware this year, the size of the school district has... Read more...
Last year, Cloudflare, a company that provides DDoS mitigation, content delivery network (CDN) services, and many others, published a blog post declaring its intention to kill CAPTCHAs. Now about a year and a half later, the company is introducing an alternative to standard CAPTCHAs that should be much faster and... Read more...
Last Thursday, one of Australia’s biggest telecommunications and broadband providers, Optus, disclosed a cyberattack that compromised customer data. While the data breach took place a week ago, the story continues to develop. As it currently stands, a threat actor accessed the personal information of as many as 11.2... Read more...
Yesterday evening, iPhone users may have been surprised to see multiple push notifications from Apple News containing a racist slur and other obscene language. The notifications were triggered by Fast Company’s Apple News account, prompting Apple News to disable the publication’s news channel. As it turns out, a... Read more...
Edward Snowden has gained Russian citizenship nine years after fleeing the United States and landing in Russia. On Monday, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a decree granting citizenship to 75 foreigners residing in the country, with Snowden among them. Snowden, a former NSA contractor, publicly exposed the... Read more...
Threat analysis teams from two different cybersecurity firms, Cyderes and Stairwell, have published a joint report detailing a new ransomware technique that may be the next big evolution in ransomware. Rather than encrypting data on victims’ computers, ransomware may soon corrupt the data instead, rendering it... Read more...
Researchers at the cybersecurity firm ReasonLabs have discovered a credit card scam campaign estimated to have extracted tens of millions of dollars from tens of thousands of credit card holders. This scheme utilizes fake dating websites, a dedicated payment processor, and customer support services all created and... Read more...
Among the many features and devices announced at the Google I/O event in May of this year was a new feature for the Google app giving users the option to request that their personal information be removed from Google search results. The company told users at the time of the announcement that the feature would be made... Read more...
2K, the publisher of numerous video game series, including Borderlands, Civilization, and Bioshock, has issued a notice to warn customers that an unknown actor recently gained unauthorized access to its help desk platform. The threat actor in question abused this access to distribute malware by way of the 2K Games... Read more...
Last week, a massive security breach rocked Uber, with a teenage hacker claiming credit for the incident. Then, over the weekend, someone claiming to be this same hacker leaked Grand Theft Auto (GTA) 6 gameplay footage on the GTA forums. The developer of the GTA series, Rockstar Games, later confirmed the authenticity... Read more...
Researchers at Aqua Security have discovered cyberattacks that appear to have been conducted by TeamTNT, a threat actor previously thought to be defunct. The researchers encountered three different attacks, each of which looks to be new. One of these attacks, which the researchers have dubbed the “Kangaroo attack,” is... Read more...
The popular rideshare company Uber announced last evening that it was responding to a cybersecurity incident but didn’t provide any further details other than to say that the company was in contact with law enforcement. However, it didn’t take long for information regarding the incident to leak. An unknown threat... Read more...
The Cyber Division of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has published a notice warning the healthcare industry of cyberattacks targeting healthcare payment processors. The attacks generally come in the form of phishing attacks that leverage employees’ publicly available Personally Identifiable Information... Read more...
Cybersecurity researchers at Proofpoint have been keeping tabs on an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) known as TA453 and recently found the threat actor employing a phishing technique that makes use of sock puppet email accounts. Sock puppets are alternate accounts or personas used in a deceptive manner by a single... Read more...
The cybersecurity firm Group-IB published research today detailing how various threat actors are stealing Steam login credentials using browser windows. Specialists from the computer emegency response team at Group-IB (CERT-GIB) discovered over 150 phishing resources mimicking Steam in just the month of July. Steam... Read more...
Research conducted by a team at the firmware security firm Binarly reveals that six vulnerabilities remain unpatched in various enterprise-grade HP laptops and desktops despite HP having developed patches for these vulnerabilities. Binarly discovered three of these vulnerabilities last year and notified HP of their... Read more...
After introducing video end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for a subset of its wired doorbell and camera devices over a year ago, Ring has announced that it is now extending this capability to its wireless devices. While the company doesn’t specify in its announcement which of its battery-powered devices will support E2EE... Read more...
The outdoor recreational apparel brand The North Face has reportedly been hit by a major credential stuffing attack. In a credential stuffing attack, threat actors take user login credentials exposed in unrelated data breaches and enter them into a targeted website or service. This form of cyberattack takes advantage... Read more...
Cybersecurity researchers from Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 have discovered a campaign exploiting multiple vulnerabilities in D-Link routers to spread botnet malware. A botnet is a network of compromised consumer or enterprise devices controlled by a threat actor to carry out malicious tasks, such as mining... Read more...
Last week, Microsoft revealed a vulnerability in the TikTok Android app that threat actors potentially could have exploited to hijack TikTok user accounts with a single click. Fortunately, TikTok patched the vulnerability earlier this year before its disclosure. However, shortly after Microsoft publicly disclosed the... Read more...
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