Sean Lyngaas

Sean Lyngaas

Sean Lyngaas is CyberScoop’s Senior Reporter covering the Department of Homeland Security and Congress.

He was previously a freelance journalist in West Africa, where he covered everything from a presidential election in Ghana to military mutinies in Ivory Coast for The New York Times. Lyngaas’ reporting also has appeared in The Washington Post, The Economist and the BBC, among other outlets. His investigation of cybersecurity issues in the nuclear sector, backed by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, won plaudits from industrial security experts. He was previously a reporter with Federal Computer Week and, before that, with Smart Grid Today.

Sean earned a B.A. in public policy from Duke University and an M.A. in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Healthcare

Health sector mobilizes defenses following Ryuk ransomware warning

by Sean Lyngaas • 23 hours ago

Threat briefings are being held for hospital executives, federal officials are appealing for more data and hospitals are hardening their computer networks.

Healthcare

Why the extortion of Vastaamo matters far beyond Finland — and how cyber pros are responding

by Sean Lyngaas • 1 day ago

At issue are the obligations of health care organizations to defend their data, and victims’ ability to hold them accountable for failing to do so.

Healthcare

European ransomware group strikes US hospital networks, analysts warn

by Sean Lyngaas • 2 days ago

“UNC1878 is one of most brazen, heartless and disruptive threat actors I’ve observed over my career,” Mandiant's Charles Carmakal said.

Government

Why, and how, Turla spies keep returning to European government networks

by Sean Lyngaas • 2 days ago

Despite a large body of public data on Turla techniques, the suspected Russian hackers keep breaching networks.

Government

CISA chief rips IG report, touts election security efforts

by Sean Lyngaas • 3 days ago

CISA and state election organizations questioned the timing of the report, along with the impression it left readers.

Transportation

As COVID-19 travel restrictions eased, scammers pounced

by Sean Lyngaas • 3 days ago

You can add travel-booking scams to the ways that cybercriminals have adapted to the pandemic-era economy.

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