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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
Threats

'I feel really good' about election security, former NSA chief says

Paul Nakasone says the intelligence community has everything it needs to fight election interference.

Policy

Should Cyber Force become the next service?

The House will vote on a proposal to study the question as part of the 2025 defense authorization bill.

Defense Systems

CYBERCOM, DARPA pen agreement to speed up advanced cyberwarfare research

The accord follows a 2022 announcement of the joint-agency Constellation cyber prototyping program.

Defense Systems

A new way to sound the alarm about open-source hacks

Recent attempts to sabotage free-to-use software components have a leading developers group working to spread the word about exploits.

Threats

Enemies may disrupt US satellites by hacking ground stations, Pentagon says

As commercial firms enable more of the military's space operations, basic cybersecurity concepts become essential, says MIeke Eoyang, DASD for cyber policy.

Policy

Spy agencies need policies to protect sensitive data about American consumers: ODNI

The intelligence community frequently buys data that reveals personal details about individual U.S. citizens, a report found last year.

Threats

China's Volt Typhoon campaign is metastasizing

US diplomats decry penetrations of critical infrastructure that show a new "type of threat and intent.”

Threats

Set your email servers to block N. Korean spies, US officials urge

The Kimsuky hacking group has been penetrating systems that neglect to ward off a "Reply-to" exploit, NSA and FBI say.

Policy

Controversial surveillance program gets 2-year extension

Biden signed a law that extends Section 702 authorities into 2026—and lacks proposed limits on intelligence agencies' right to gather and search Americans' communications.

Threats

Russian hackers sabotaged Texas water-treatment plant: cyber firm

If officials confirm it, Moscow would join the list of recent foreign infiltrators of U.S. water infrastructure.

Threats

Russia stole US agencies' emails from Microsoft systems, CISA says

The alert comes a week after DHS faulted the company for a security culture that enabled a similar China-backed cyberattack last year.

Threats

It's getting harder to identify China's network attacks, Mandiant CEO says

In an interview, Kevin Mandia also said it's probably easier to sway an election through misinformation than hacking.

Policy

When can US spies buy your personal data? New guidelines are coming

The ODNI will soon release "extra safeguards" for protecting citizens' privacy when buying datasets, a top Pentagon lawyer says.

Policy

The Pentagon gets a cyber czar

Upon confirmation, the new assistant defense secretary for cyber policy will oversee spending on network operations, outreach to industry, and more.

Threats

Cyber Force? Report argues for new armed service

The study, which involved interviews with active-duty and retired U.S. military officers, calls for an independent Cyber Force with 10,000 people.

Threats

Government was third-largest ransomware target last year: FBI

And scams that feature impostors posing as government officials are on the rise.

Policy

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.

Defense Systems

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.

Threats

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.