Shannon Vavra, CyberScoop

Shannon Vavra


Washington, DC, United States

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Recent articles by Shannon:

NSA's Cybersecurity Directorate is still figuring out how to measure success

The NSA's Cybersecurity Directorate has been examining the impact of its Cybersecurity Advisories in a variety of ways. → Read More

NSA, FBI publicize hacking tool linked to Russian military intelligence

The National Security Agency and the FBI are jointly exposing Russian malware that the Russian military hackers uses in its cyber espionage operations. → Read More

Here's the NSA's advice for reducing the exposure of cellphone location data

Although cell phone users can take steps to limit the risk their mobile devices are exposing location data, the NSA is warning now there is no way to eliminate the risk. → Read More

DOD, FBI, DHS release info on malware used in Chinese government-led hacking campaigns

The Chinese government has been using Taidoor to target government agencies, entities in the private sector, and think tanks since 2008. → Read More

Here's how Army Cyber Command plans to take on information warfare

Amid Russian, Chinese, and Iranian influence operations, the U.S. Army now has a plan to reform Army Cyber Command into an information warfare powerhouse. → Read More

How COVID-19 changed Cyber Command's 'Cyber Flag' exercise

In Cyber Command's annual training exercise, Five Eyes allies worked to collectively defend against a European airbase from a cyber attack. → Read More

GAO: Cyber Command is overspending on data tools

The Pentagon's offensive cyber branch is set to spend five times more on a data program than what military officials originally estimated, the GAO found. → Read More

NSA calls out Russian military hackers targeting mail relay software

The National Security Agency has issued a rare warning publicly attributing exploitation activity to Russian government hackers working for the GRU. → Read More

FBI, DHS to go public with suspected North Korean hacking tools

The report drops on the third anniversary of the WannaCry attack, which the U.S. blamed on North Korea. → Read More

Leave the pandemic out of your phishing simulations, Cofense says to industry

Cofense has pulled all coronavirus templates, a first for the company. → Read More

Chinese hackers hit Citrix, Cisco vulnerabilities in sweeping campaign

The campaign, which lasted between January 20 and March 11, targeted 75 organizations ranging in nearly every economic sector. → Read More

China borrowing Russian tactics to spread coronavirus disinformation

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, China has been following Russia's playbook for spreading disinformation, an expert on the subject told a panel on Monday. → Read More

Ethical hackers submitted more bugs to the Pentagon than ever last year

Meanwhile, the Defense Department is working to expand VDPs to the defense industrial base. → Read More

The big questions from FTI's report on the Jeff Bezos hack

FTI's investigation has raised more questions about the Bezos hack. → Read More

Secret Service to launch private-sector cybercrime council

The Secret Service wants advice on current and future cyberthreats, as well as insight into big tech-policy debates. → Read More

World powers are pushing to build their own brand of cyber norms

Two competing groups tied to the United Nations are trying to outmaneuver one another when it comes to establishing behavior norms in cyberspace. → Read More

Air Force unveils information warfare outfit amid U.S. effort to go on offense in cyberspace

It's a big shift for the service, which traditionally has prioritized defense. → Read More

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

Microsoft and the Hewlett Foundation will soon launch a nonprofit organization known as the "Cyber Peace Institute" that calls out bad actors in cyberspace. → Read More

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

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. → Read More

Open-source project from NSA researchers will allow for protection against firmware attacks

A years-long project that could better protect machines from firmware attacks will soon be available to the public, according to an NSA researcher. → Read More