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David DiMolfetta

Cybersecurity Reporter, Nextgov/FCW

David DiMolfetta
David DiMolfetta covers cybersecurity for Nextgov/FCW. Previously, he researched The Cybersecurity 202 and The Technology 202 newsletters at The Washington Post and covered AI, cybersecurity and technology policy for S&P Global Market Intelligence. He holds a BBA from The George Washington University and an MS from Georgetown University. Get in touch with him on X/Twitter: @ddimolfetta

Top Pentagon IT official departs deputy CIO role

Lily Zeleke will be taking over “new responsibilities” at the agency, though it’s still unknown what her new position is.

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Biden to sign executive order boosting cybersecurity of ports, maritime vessels

The order empowers the Coast Guard to shore up cyber protections for maritime systems and harden current cyber incident reporting rules.


As adversaries harness AI, tech firms peer through chat logs to catch them

A Microsoft-Open AI report announces the beginning of a new era—and raises unanswered questions about privacy and transparency.


Section 702 surveillance could be renewed in funding bill, sources say

Backers may point to classified intelligence to convince colleagues to support the renewal of the controversial warrantless spying power.


Expect China to attack US infrastructure within 3 years, MITRE CTO says

The US needs to figure out how to disconnect its industrial-control systems from its networks—and fast, says a top leader of the defense R&D not-for-profit.


Read CISA's security checklist for election offices

From foreign interference to domestic extremists, state and local election officials face more threats than ever.


How the FBI hamstrung a Chinese hacker group

U.S. operatives tricked its botnet into deleting malware from hundreds of networked devices, a cybersecurity firm reports.


DHS, FBI could search hacked networks under 'problematic' proposal

Industry is balking at several proposed acquisition rules intended to shore up cyber defenses.


Expect ‘AI versus AI’ conflict soon, Pentagon cyber leader says

Artificial intelligence will usher in the next phase of cyber warfare, enabling new tools and new takes on classic attacks, officials and experts say.