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.

Government

US agencies circulate warning about 'aggressive' Chinese hacking effort to steal secrets from a range of targets

by Sean Lyngaas • 1 week ago

Despite all the attention on ransomware gangs based in Russia, Chinese state-backed hacking remains a formidable threat to U.S. interests.

Government

After Gaza ceasefire, MoleRATs hacking group continues to target Middle Eastern governments

by Sean Lyngaas • 1 month ago

It’s an example of how, alongside the violence that has long marked the Israel-Palestine conflict, there are often much subtler efforts by digital spies to access networks.

Financial

Vigilante hacking campaign blocks victims from visiting The Pirate Bay, other piracy sites

by Sean Lyngaas • 1 month ago

A hacker doesn’t appear to be happy with the amount of digital piracy out there.

Government

Biden says he gave Putin list of 16 sectors that should be off-limits to hacking

by Sean Lyngaas • 1 month ago

The bilateral meeting came weeks after two disruptive ransomware attacks.

Government

Suspected Iranian hackers exploit VPN, Telegram to monitor dissidents

by Sean Lyngaas • 1 month ago

The research shows the limits of the cyber industry’s knowledge of Tehran-linked hacking against those who often bear the brunt of it.

Government

DOJ didn't ask for Russia's help tracking down Colonial Pipeline hackers, senior official says

by Sean Lyngaas • 1 month ago

John Demers equated such an ask to a waste of time.

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