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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 call center commandment: Don’t put fraud protection on hold

    Howard Altman Dec 10, 2018

    Fraudsters know call centers are more vulnerable than other points of entry. Here’s how financial institutions can mount a robust defense.

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  • Cybercrime 2.0: New ills, no pill for banking’s $600 billion headache

    Howard Altman Nov 16, 2018

    When it comes to fighting cybercrime, many banks remain at a loss as the bad guys ramp up executive impersonation scams, exploit third-party vendor access, and attack via fileless malware.

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  • Cryptocurrency’s positive and negative: The need for electricity

    Howard Altman Aug 30, 2018

    Mining bitcoin and the like demands more and more power for juggernaut computers. And gives central governments leverage over decentralized currencies.

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  • 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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