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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

Quantum Computing Gets a Performance Boost — Is It Enough to Break RSA?

Researchers at MIT achieved scalable quantum computing, and its potential success could spell the end for RSA encryption going forward.

Symantec Endpoint Protection Hosed by Three Severe Vulnerabilities

An endpoint protection solution from Symantec was recently found to have three severe vulnerabilities that could leave users vulnerable to cyberattacks.

TeslaCrypt Ransomware 3.0.1 No Longer Leaves Keys Around to Sniff

TeslaCrypt ransomware 3.0.1 is an improvement over previous versions, making the malware highly resistant to decryption efforts.

Radamant Ransomware Can Be Tricked Into Decrypting Data Without Compensation

Researchers recently discovered a possible solution for a Radamant ransomware variant. Here's what you need to know about this threat.

Fileless Malware Loaded Into Memory via PowerShell

Malicious macros used in phishing emails can load fileless malware, which goes into a machine's program memory and can wreak havoc.

Research Finds Libotr Can Be Exploited Remotely

Researchers recently discovered that libotr is vulnerable, so secure instant messaging apps such as Pidgin, ChatSecure, Adium and others are at risk.

Password Strength May Trump Frequent Changes, FTC Expert Says

Lorrie Cranor, the chief technologist of the FTC, urged users to increase password strength rather than rely on frequent changes.

Java Malware Becomes a Cross-Platform Threat

The Java malware dropper can run on most major computer platforms, making this a cross-platform threat that puts all users at risk.

Does Bitcoin Need a Higher Block Size or Transaction Fee?

Bitcoin must change to allow for its widespread use or risk falling behind due to a lack of space on the blockchain or inflexible transaction fees.

Firefox OS Reinvented for the Internet of Things

Mozilla is reinventing its Firefox OS so it can act as a network for the Internet of Things (IoT). Several projects hope to further this aim.