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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

IBM Targets Online Fraud by Scooping Up IRIS Analytics

IBM recently acquired IRIS Analytics and its security system, which is designed to combat real-time payment fraud with the help of machine learning.

Security Updates End for Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10

Internet Explorer is ending security updates for its IE8, 9 and 10 versions, pushing users to the most modern version of the browser.

Spymel: The Latest Malware Using Digital Certificates

Malware named Spymel uses compromised digital certificates to gain access to Windows XP and Windows 7 machines and then execute malicious acts.

Mutated Exploit Kits Arrive for the New Year

Exploit kits using outdated versions of Adobe Flash and Acrobat are on the rise, and users must be aware of the malicious websites they connect to.

Image Storage Gets Colder With Freeze-Rays

Panasonic and Facebook recently partnered to produce what have been dubbed freeze-ray discs for more efficient, cost-effective image storage.

Getting Rid of the Password: Smartphones to the Rescue

New approaches to authentication by Google and Yahoo will likely supplant the traditional password with messages sent to smartphones.

Quantum Cryptography May Not Be as Secure as Previously Thought

Quantum cryptography's assumptions can be hacked through the use of a bright light and some fancy calculations, according to security researchers.

Cross-Platform Cryptoware Is Here

A new malware called Ransom32 is a piece of cryptoware written in what is essentially JavaScript, making it tough to detect on all operating systems.

Cybercrime Has a New Entry Point: Smart TVs

Smart TVs are a soft entry point for those intent on cybercrime, especially attackers who prey on a user's ignorance of IT security practices.

Personal Data of 191 Million Voters Compromised by Misconfigured Database

A security researcher recently found 191 million people's personal data is available on the Internet thanks to a misconfigured voter database.