Shannon Vavra

Shannon Vavra

Shannon Vavra covers the NSA, Cyber Command, and cyberwarfare for CyberScoop. She previously worked at Axios as a news reporter, covering breaking political news, foreign policy, and cybersecurity. Shannon hails from Chicago and went to Tufts University, and is ready to talk about ballet, France, and espionage.

Financial

North Korean government hackers sanctioned by U.S. Treasury

by Shannon Vavra • 3 days ago

The U.S. Treasury Department is sanctioning three North Korean hacking groups it says are backed by Kim Jong-un’s regime.

Government

Security clearance background checks should take three days, Rep. Will Hurd says

by Shannon Vavra • 4 days ago

“I never thought I would have to work on such a basic issue as this," the Texas Republican says about the federal security clearance process, which is still working on a large backlog of applications.

Technology

North Korean hackers target U.S. entities amid stalled denuclearization talks

by Shannon Vavra • 5 days ago

A hacking group with North Korean ties has been targeting U.S. entities with malicious documents this summer as it works to hide its tracks better, according to research from Prevailion.

Government

Microsoft, Hewlett Foundation preparing to launch nonprofit that calls out cyberattacks

by Shannon Vavra • 1 week ago

Informally known as the "Cyber Peace Institute," the organization plans to act as a neutral arbiter that calls out bad behavior on the internet.

Technology

Symantec finds that a 'new' Chinese hacking group has actually been around for a decade

by Shannon Vavra • 1 week ago

Symantec now says that Thrip is likely another threat group — known Billbug or Lotus Blossom — that has been operating against targets in South Asia for approximately a decade.

Government

Cyber Command's biggest VirusTotal upload looks to expose North Korean-linked malware

by Shannon Vavra • 1 week ago

Cyber Command looks to have uploaded its biggest cache of malware on a North Korean holiday.

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