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Howard Altman

Howard Altman covers the military and national security for the Tampa Bay Times. He has won more than 50 journalism awards and his work has appeared in the New York Times, Daily Beast, Philadelphia magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Observer, Newsday and many other publications around the world.
  • It’s no secret: The Bank Secrecy Act needs a major overhaul

    Howard Altman Mar 7, 2018

    The 1970 legislation predates cybercrime and organized foreign hackers. But calls for a BSA facelift are gathering bipartisan support.

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  • Needles and PINs: From jackpotting to skimming, why ATMs are more vulnerable than ever

    Howard Altman Jan 31, 2018

    The Secret Service is warning banks of a new ATM hack that’s hit the U.S. Here’s how to fight the forms of fraud aimed at teller machines.

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  • Why North Korea’s cyber army threatens banks worldwide

    Howard Altman Jan 10, 2018

    The dictatorship’s fingerprints are everywhere, from last month’s hack of a bitcoin exchange to the 2017 heist on Bangladesh’s central bank.

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  • Bitcoin’s potential underbelly: Is blockchain hackable?

    Howard Altman Dec 8, 2017

    Many experts insist otherwise, stridently. But one former black hat hacker says it’s possible, at least in theory.

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  • Cybercrime, artificial intelligence and new frontiers in the battle against fraud

    Howard Altman Nov 30, 2017

    Bad actors will stop at nothing to take their threats to the next level. But if it’s AI they plan to wield, banks stand ready to stay a step ahead.

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  • Please continue to hold on: Call centers struggle to fight the rise of cyber fraud

    Howard Altman Oct 17, 2017

    Call centers don’t get the same anti-fraud attention as other areas of the financial institution. That spells danger for banks and consumers—and opportunity for crooks.

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