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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

CISA infrastructure tool targeted in January breach, agency says

Sensitive information on the chemical security assessment platform was accessed, though it may not be up to date.

Exclusive Cybersecurity

A House committee is scrutinizing LiDAR and IoT cyber risks from China

China’s supply chain dominance in light sensing modules and internet of things components — which include autonomous vehicles, drones and batteries — could be teeing up a slew of cyber risks, experts say.


US blacklists sale of Russia-based Kaspersky products over ties to Kremlin

The Commerce Department says the company’s links to Russia’s government pose a national security risk, opening up systems using its software to cyber exploitation.


CISA, EAC release communications guide for state, local election offices

Amid growing distrust in democratic systems, the Biden administration is equipping governments with more resources to help keep their elections secure.


Lawmakers question Microsoft president over security culture that enabled recent hacking incidents

Brad Smith took responsibility for the hacks as lawmakers said the tech giant will have to work to earn back the trust of its customers.


Decade-old cyber advice from GAO remains unimplemented, watchdog says

Reliance on legacy IT systems creates challenges for agencies looking to make use of the suggestions.


US is 'behind’ on stopping election disinfo threats, House candidate Madison Horn says

The contender for Oklahoma’s fifth district wants to bring her cybersecurity expertise to Congress, arguing it’ll help her collaborate with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

Digital Government

Most Americans unaware of foreign intel operations’ scope on social media, State Dept. official says

U.S. Ambassador at Large for Cyberspace and Digital Policy Nate Fick’s assessment comes five months before a high-stakes U.S. presidential election.


FCC greenlights $200M pilot for school and library cybersecurity

The commission also approved an item to help bolster the security of a core data routing algorithm.


A law directing cyber reg harmonization would ‘help enormously,’ White House official says

The remarks come a day after ONCD issued a blog calling for cybersecurity regulations to be harmonized.


White House urges streamlined cyber rules following industry feedback

Private sector input from an August 2023 information request signals a need to harmonize cybersecurity regulations, said ONCD chief Harry Coker.


FTC-industry talks over possible Microsoft probe raised recent hacking incidents

Chinese and Russian cyber infiltrations into agencies’ Microsoft email systems came up in discussions over a possible antitrust investigation into the company, people familiar say.


Former NSA head feels ‘really good’ about election security come November

Paul Nakasone, the recently retired head of NSA and CYBERCOM, said the intelligence community has everything it needs to combat election interference attempts later this year.


NIST taps Analygence to help fix vulnerability database backlog

The standards agency has been unable to keep up with the inflow of system vulnerabilities being reported to its database.