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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

Is Antivirus Protection Still Relevant?

A survey of Black Hat attendees showed that many security experts doubt the ability of antivirus protection products to detect ransomware.

Processor Energy Management Systems Vulnerable to CLKscrew Attacks

Energy management systems are prone to remote attacks because of a lack of focus on security, researchers from Columbia University found.

Gartner Report: Information Security Product Spending to Grow Seven Percent in 2017

Gartner predicted that information security spending will reach $86.4 billion in 2017. Other trends included security service bundles and IT outsourcing.

PostgreSQL Database Management System Patches Password Flaws

PostgreSQL developers announced a round of patches to address more than 50 bugs and three vulnerabilities in the popular database management system.

The Power of Pervasive Encryption

The new z14 mainframe from IBM includes a revamped coprocessor that enables pervasive encryption of both at-rest and in-transit data.

Git Vulnerabilities Found in Version Control Systems

Three popular version control systems were found to contain vulnerabilities that could enable threat actors to steal source code.

August Android Security Bulletin Patches Critical Vulnerabilities

The August Android Security Bulletin has been published, and it enumerates over 40 security risks that Google recently fixed in the Android OS.

The Untapped Potential of Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication methods are more secure than passwords alone but require widespread adoption to be universally effective.

Global Spam Rate Reaches Highest Level in Two Years

In July, the global spam rate reached the highest level researchers had observed since March 2015, likely due to a rise in self-spreading email malware.

Cerber Ransomware Now Steals Bitcoin Data

A Cerber ransomware update adds new exploits, which allows it to steal wallet files. It then tries to steal saved passwords from browsers.