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Grant Gross

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I'm a veteran journalist with more than 25 years of experience, including 14 years of writing about the intersection of technology and public policy. My stories have appeared at PCWorld.com, Computerworld.com, NYTimes.com, WashingtonPost.com, ABCNews.go.com, and in CIO magazine. Until May 2017, I worked as senior editor at IDG News Service, the internal wire service at IDG, publishers of PCWorld, MacWorld, Computerworld, and other high-profile tech news sites. I previously served as the Washington, D.C., correspondent there for nearly 13 years. I've covered net neutrality fights in the U.S. Congress and the Federal Communications Commission, revelations of mass surveillance programs at the National Security Agency, and huge online protests over a controversial online copyright enforcement bill, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). I've written extensively about government efforts to improve cybersecurity and about law enforcement agencies pushing smartphone makers and software vendors to build encryption workarounds into their products. I write authoritatively about complex technical, policy, and legal topics.

Written By Grant Gross

How to Defend Against Malvertising Drive-By Attacks

Malvertising — malware delivered by internet advertisements — can infect your computer even if you don't click on it. But there are steps you can take to protect yourself now.

How SEO Poisoning Campaigns Are Mounting a Comeback

SEO poisoning is on the rise again. How do threat actors use search engine results to drive victims to malicious sites, and what can users do to protect themselves?

Cybersecurity Future Trends: Why More Bots Means More Jobs

Although AI is poised to take a much larger role in cybersecurity future trends, this doesn't necessarily mean fewer opportunities for human analysts. In fact, it could mean quite the opposite.

SMB Security Best Practices: Why Smaller Businesses Face Bigger Risks

While massive data breaches typically hog all the cybersecurity headlines, SMB security is also at risk as cybercriminals go after easy targets with low IT budgets.

Mobile Blockchain Ballot Trial Raises Voting Security Questions

West Virginia launched a pilot program to enable members of the military to cast ballots for November's U.S. elections on their mobile devices, but some experts are concerned about voting security.

New Protocol Promises to Improve Wi-Fi Security — Eventually

WPA3, which was released in June 2018, promises to improve Wi-Fi security — but the changes will be gradual because the Wi-Fi Alliance will need to certify routers to work with the new protocol.

How a 40-Year-Old Mobile Security Flaw Puts Consumers at Risk

A decades-old mobile security flaw resurfaced in recent weeks after a U.S. senator reported that cybercriminals exploited the Signaling System 7 (SS7) protocol to breach a mobile carrier.