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.

Government

Former NSA contractor sentenced to 9 years for theft of government info

by Shannon Vavra • 3 days ago

Hal Martin was responsible for one of the largest leaks of U.S government secrets, after it was found that the former NSA contractor possessed up to 50 terabytes of classified government documents.

Technology

10,000 Microsoft customers targeted by nation-state attacks in the last year

by Shannon Vavra • 4 days ago

Microsoft has tied the attacks — some of which have been successful — with a group linked with Iran (APT 33), with a group from North Korea (APT 38), as well as with two groups linked with Russia (APT 28 and APT 29).

Technology

FaceApp isn't taking all of your photos, but the privacy concerns are very real

by Shannon Vavra • 5 days ago

From shady fine print to Russian law, FaceApp's geriatric filter may not be worth all the fun.

Government

U.S. Cyber Command simulated a seaport cyberattack to test digital readiness

by Shannon Vavra • 5 days ago

The simulation also included officials from throughout the U.S. government and from allied partners to emphasize stronger coordination.

Government

Trump's Pentagon pick 'confident' in 2020 election security

by Shannon Vavra • 6 days ago

Mark Esper told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the 2020 contests will be "unfettered" by foreign actors, but the military and intelligence agencies will "always will have a lot of work to do" to secure elections.

Government

Congressional pressure builds for White House to share classified cyber authorizations

by Shannon Vavra • 1 week ago

The House voted in favor of ordering the Trump administration to release the classified memorandum that made it easier for the Pentagon to run offense cyber-operations against U.S. adversaries.

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