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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.
  • The ultimate cryptocurrency exchange: volatility for respectability

    Howard Altman Jul 25, 2018

    Is a stable, centralized cryptocurrency the ultimate impossibility? Enter three Ivy League dreamers ready to tilt at this digital-age windmill.

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  • Hacked together: How crooks create one fake person from many real people

    Howard Altman Jul 2, 2018

    Identity fraud hit record levels in 2017. But with dollar amounts flat, thieves are working a new angle stolen straight from a horror flick.

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  • High-tech wrecking balls: The five biggest cyber threats to banks in 2018

    Howard Altman Jun 14, 2018

    From state-backed hackers to call-center cracks, the threats have multiplied in sophistication and number. But smart banks can fight back.

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  • 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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