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Jenna McLaughlin


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Past articles by Jenna:


Those fake active shooter calls to schools? A similar thing happened before

As schools across the U.S. are targeted by false calls about active shooters, NPR has found evidence that a similar scheme took place in the spring. → Read More


Ransomware attacks are hitting small businesses. These are experts' top defense tips

A report released this month by the Ransomware Task Force offers small and medium-sized businesses a series of steps to take to deal with cyberattacks and ransomware. → Read More


A digital conflict between Russia and Ukraine rages on behind the scenes of war

In an interview, Tom Burt, Microsoft's head of customer security and trust, discusses the company's insights about the cyberwar between Russia and Ukraine. → Read More


Former Estonian president speaks about the war in Ukraine and the way forward

Former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves wasn't surprised Russia invaded Ukraine. In an interview on his family's farm, he says he hopes the world is waking up to the dangers Russia poses. → Read More


How one of Russia's neighbors is dealing with Putin's propaganda

On the border with Russia, the Estonian town of Narva has strong cultural and linguistic ties with Russia. That makes it a target of Russian disinformation; something Estonians are trying to combat. → Read More


Estonia hosts NATO-led cyber war games, with one eye on Russia

Estonia is host to one of the world's largest annual interactive cybersecurity drills. Russia is always considered the main threat, but this year, the war in Ukraine has only added to the stakes. → Read More


Ukraine says government websites and banks were hit with denial of service attack

The outage impacted the website of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry and the Armed Services as well as two large Ukrainian banks, Privatbank and Oschadbank. → Read More


Hackers tied to China are suspected of spying on News Corp. journalists

News Corp. — which owns the publishers of The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post — announced the discovery of a "persistent cyberattack" targeting a limited number of employees. → Read More


Cyberattack on Red Cross compromised sensitive data on over 515,000 vulnerable people

The attack targeted a contractor in Switzerland that was storing the data. The Red Cross has been forced to halt a program that reunites families torn apart by violence, migration or other tragedies. → Read More


In high-stakes meeting, Russia tells U.S. it isn't planning to invade Ukraine

In nearly eight hours of talks with U.S. officials, Russia says it's not planning to attack Ukraine, despite having an estimated 100,000 troops near the border. More talks are expected. → Read More


Companies scramble to defend against newly discovered 'Log4j' digital flaw

The vulnerability was publicly disclosed last week in an unexpected way — through the popular game Minecraft. Embedded in a common software tool, it could potentially impact billions of devices. → Read More


Criminal hackers are now going after phone lines, too

One way or another, most phone calls these days involve the internet. Cybersecurity experts say that makes us vulnerable in ways we might not realize. → Read More


White House brings together 30 nations to combat ransomware

The White House is hosting a virtual conference with countries from Ukraine to the United Arab Emirates to look for ways to fight ongoing ransomware attacks across borders. → Read More

Justice Department takes over Iranian media sites in broad crackdown on disinformation

The U.S. government has seized control of dozens of Iranian media websites. → Read More

How a brutal assault led a woman to one of the CIA's most valuable Russian spies

Lisa Sales believes the CIA helped her former tenant move to the United States, and is protecting him because he’s the son of one of the agency’s most valuable assets of the past two decades. → Read More

Justice Department unseals new charges against North Korean hackers

The Justice Department on Wednesday afternoon revealed new charges against three North Korean government computer hackers for conducting a range of cyberattacks around the world for over more than a decade, primarily aimed at enriching the leaders of the isolated regime and evading global sanctions. → Read More

Exclusive: Large bitcoin payments to right-wing activists a month before Capitol riot linked to foreign account

U.S. law enforcement is investigating whether a bitcoin transfer to right-wing organizations and personalities was linked to the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. → Read More

Intelligence employees vent frustrations over being forced to return to the office

Employees at one of the most secretive parts of government have been forced to return to the office, leading to widespread concerns about their exposure to COVID-19. → Read More

Here's why former intelligence officials are worried about Trump's massive debt

Intelligence professionals declared themselves stunned because of what those debts imply about the president’s vulnerability to foreign influence. “Financial vulnerabilities are at the top of the list when you pursue targets, period,” a former senior CIA official said. → Read More

'Most believe that it was an accident': Pentagon chief contradicts Trump on Beirut explosion

Less than 24 hours after President Trump said some “great generals” told him they thought that yesterday’s massive explosion in Beirut was an “attack” involving “a bomb of some kind,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper seemed less than convinced by that explanation. → Read More