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Larry Loeb

Principal, PBC Enterprises

Larry Loeb has written for many of the last century's major "dead tree" computer magazines, having been, among other things, a consulting editor for BYTE magazine and senior editor for the launch of WebWeek. He wrote for IBM's DeveloperWorks site for seven years and has written a book on the Secure Electronic Transaction Internet protocol. His latest book has the commercially obligatory title of Hack Proofing XML. He's been online since uucp "bang" addressing (where the world existed relative to !decvax), serving as editor of the Macintosh Exchange on BIX and the VARBusiness Exchange.

Written By Larry Loeb

Linux Update Fixes 11-Year-Old Flaw

A recent Linux update patched a vulnerability that enabled fraudsters to use heap spraying methods to execute arbitrary code and escalate permissions.

Researchers Find Clues in Windows Mirai Botnet Spreader Code

Researchers analyzed the code of the Mirai botnet spreader that uses Windows systems as its launching pad to learn more about its origin and functionality.

PHP Will Incorporate Libsodium for Crypto

Starting with the release of version 7.2 at the end of this year, the core of PHP will use Libsodium by default for routine cryptographical operations.

Shadow IT Clouds Security

A recent study revealed that security professionals face a new kind of shadow IT due to the widespread migration of custom apps to the cloud.

Lazarus-Linked Malware Targets Polish Banks

Threat actors with apparent ties to the Lazarus cybergang launched an attack against Polish banks that may be part of a broader, global campaign.

Mirai Malware Leverages Windows

Security researchers discovered a Windows Trojan that spreads Mirai malware, identifies potential victims and provides an extra boost of processing power.

XP Lives On as an ATM Operating System in India

Windows XP, which hasn't been updated since 2014 and contains many well-known vulnerabilities, is the most common ATM operating system in India.

Infected DRM Files Can Reveal Tor Data

Fraudsters with deep pockets have been spreading malware to Tor users through signed DRM files that redirect victims' browsers without warning.

Malvertising Grows by 132 Percent, According to Report

The rate of malvertising attacks increased by 132 percent in 2016, according to a recent report. The use of ad-blocking software also increased sharply.

Google’s JavaScript Ban Boosts SVG Image Misuse

Cybercriminals have responded to Google's impending JavaScript ban by launching phishing attacks that seek to spread via infected SVG image files instead.