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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

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.

DOJ Issues Framework for Vulnerability Disclosure Programs

The Department of Justice (DOJ) offered guidance on vulnerability disclosure programs, which will assist organizations in navigating legal issues.

BrickerBot Author Claims Responsibility for Indian Cyberattack

A cyberattack by the author of BrickerBot left 60,000 users without internet in India. The attack was linked to an external connections vulnerability.

Report Shows Increase in Data Breaches in the First Half of 2017

Data breaches exposed billions of records in the first half of 2017. The U.S. had the largest number of breaches, but China had the most records exposed.

New Emotet Trojan Feature Spreads Malware on Internal Networks

Researchers discovered a new variant of the Emotet Trojan that spreads across internal networks and serves as a downloader for other banking Trojans.

The Evolution of Digital Certificates

Digital certificates are used to authenticate both sides of a browser connection. It's a good first step, but certificates do not assure absolute trust.