Archive for September 23, 2022

Adversary Tactics Intel Group Finds Gootloader Threat Actors Use SEO Poison Technique to Exploit Gov, Legal, Real Estate, Med, Ed Victims with Highly Targeted Content

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 23, 2022 by itnerd

Deepwatch has published a new report uncovering Gootloader threat actors using the search engine optimization (SEO) poisoning technique. In the latest report from its Adversary Tactics and Intelligence (ATI) group, Deepwatch looks at a technique where threat actors are compromising legitimate websites, creating fake blog posts, and using overlays to display a fake forum page over blog posts–all to snare government, legal, real estate, medical, and education victims with highly-targeted content.

This is a very sophisticated attack and the report is well worth your time to read.

Review: Spigen iPhone 14 Pro Case Tough Armor (MagFit)

Posted in Products with tags on September 23, 2022 by itnerd

Protecting my new iPhone 14 Pro is top of mind for me because when you spend the kind of cash that Apple wants you to spend on a phone, you want to make sure that nothing happens to it. For that reason, I went with the Spigen iPhone 14 Pro Tough Armor Case (MagFit) to protect my iPhone 14 Pro:

This is a case that offers the following features: 

  • All-new foam technology for an extra layer of shock resistance
  • Combination of TPU and Polycarbonate for dual protection from drops and scratches
  • Reinforced kickstand with raised lips to protect screen and camera
  • Certified [MIL-STD 810G-516.6] protection and Air Cushion Technology for anti-shock protection
  • This case completely covers every edge of the iPhone for complete protection including the camera bump.
  • The screen has raised edges to protect the screen.
  • The case works well with screen protectors.

Let’s dive. Starting with the first two items:

You can see it uses a combination of materials to give it the ability to fully absorb shock. Which is exactly what I want as I want to make sure that this phone will survive a drop. Before you ask, I have used these cases on other iPhones and they’ve survived drops without an issue. Your mileage may vary.

The case has a built in kickstand to allow you have the iPhone in landscape mode on a table handsfree. It’s plastic and locks into place when not in use. Another feature is the addition of MagSafe, and I had no issues with it in terms of charging. The magnets are strong as it passed my “hang from a MagSafe charger” test. And wireless charging works fine as well.

The case has duplicate buttons are very large and tactile in terms of pressing them, and cutouts for the silent switch, speakers, and Lighting port. The edge of the case around the screen is slightly raised, which means that if you put the iPhone face down, the screen isn’t going to touch the surface. It’s also wireless charging compatible and Apple Pay seems to work fine with it. The case isn’t bulky which means it doesn’t change how you hold your iPhone, but it isn’t thin either. Likely because you need it to be that way to provide meaningful drop protection. It also doesn’t add much weight. 

The only thing that I would note as a con for this case is that it attracts fingerprints. Lots of fingerprints. You might want to choose a colour that hides fingerprints better if that matters to you.

I’d recommend the Spigen iPhone 14 Pro Tough Armor Case (MagFit) for daily use or for those who have “butter fingers.” This case is $59.99 USD and as far as I am concerned it’s worth every penny. Especially if you’ve spent a lot of money on your iPhone 14 Pro.