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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
Exclusive Cybersecurity

House lawmaker demands answers from AT&T on recent data breach

Rep. Abigail Spanberger wants AT&T’s CEO to open up about the company’s incident response plans and a reported payment to hackers in exchange for deleting the stolen data.


CISA executive director set to depart the agency

Brandon Wales, who temporarily led the agency after a Trump-era management shakeup, has overseen many of the recent CISA-led cyber reporting regulations, as well as coordination during major cyber incidents.


Biden looks to preserve tech, cyber legacy with veto threat

Experts see continuity in tech policy from the Biden administration to a possible Kamala Harris presidency, with possible divergence on some national security and antitrust issues.


How the CrowdStrike outage carved out new opportunities for hackers

Former U.S. officials and security practitioners are wondering how a defective CrowdStrike patch for Windows systems fell through the cracks and created more cascading security risks.


In reversal, AT&T says most FirstNet customers impacted in data breach disclosed last week

“We now believe the proportion of FirstNet numbers included in the data is similar to that of our broader customer base,” the company said in a statement.

Updated Cybersecurity

Biden briefed on CrowdStrike IT outage as multiple federal systems impacted

Social Security offices are closed for the day due to the incident. It will be “time-consuming” for all affected systems to undo the damage because the process is manual, one expert says.


New US cyber official wants ‘brutal honesty’ on industry collaboration efforts

CISA’s new cybersecurity official Jeff Greene wants to know where the agency can improve on collaboration efforts that have been previously criticized for their misdirection.

Exclusive Cybersecurity

US taps IBM for 5-year deal to boost European, Eurasian allies’ cyber posture

Officials are concerned that a lack of institution building in such nations will allow digital adversaries to gain a larger foothold in allied countries’ networks.

Artificial Intelligence

FCC to consider new protections against AI-generated robocalls next month

The proposal comes four months before the U.S. presidential election, where experts have long feared how AI may be used to misinform voters.


Dozens of federal agencies’ call data potentially exposed in AT&T breach

AT&T is a prime contractor on the government's $50 billion telecom contract vehicle and supplies infrastructure and bandwidth for the FirstNet public safety communications program.


Several DOD IT programs still don’t have a cyber strategy, watchdog finds

Cyber strategy requirements in the Defense Department’s IT business unit date back to at least 2014. A government watchdog thinks it's time for an update.


Russian influence operations ‘preeminent threat’ to November election, officials warn

Moscow appears to continue favoring Donald Trump, while other nations will aim to sow divisional chaos online or sway broader geopolitical discussions.


US, allies take down Kremlin-backed AI bot farm

The bot farm allegedly originated from a deputy manager at RT — a Russian state-backed news agency — and spread disinformation on the X social media platform.

Exclusive Cybersecurity

Patchwork cyber laws cost the government money, Amazon security chief says

An exclusive conversation with Amazon CSO Steve Schmidt unpacks his views on cyber policy themes this year.


NYPD officer database had security flaws that could have let hackers covertly modify officer data

The NYPD said no officer data was ever compromised, but it’s unknown how long the vulnerability existed.


US accuses Russian national of helping deploy malware on Ukrainian government computers

The alleged hacker used U.S. computer infrastructure to distribute the infamous “WhisperGate” malware into Ukrainian systems.

Digital Government

Supreme Court sides with Biden admin over contact with social media firms

The decision now lifts potential legal burdens on federal agencies’ communications with social media companies about disinformation on their platforms.


Former federal CISO DeRusha joins Google Cloud

He started the position helming the company’s public sector compliance last week, after having led several federal governmentwide cybersecurity initiatives.