Sean Lyngaas

Sean Lyngaas is CyberScoop’s Senior Reporter covering DHS 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’s reporting has also 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.

Tech

Hack of CBP subcontractor exposes traveler photos, license plates

by Sean Lyngaas • 1 week ago

The hack happened after the unnamed subcontractor had transferred copies of the images to its own network, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

Tech

Request for border volunteers won’t have operational impact on CISA, director says

by Sean Lyngaas • 4 weeks ago

The Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity agency has been asked to help send personnel to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Tech

DHS orders agencies to patch faster

by Sean Lyngaas • 2 months ago

DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency now gives agencies 15 days after discovery to fix vulnerabilities deemed critical.

Defense

Inside the National Guard’s annual ‘Cyber Shield’ drill

by Sean Lyngaas • 2 months ago

Cyber Shield is now in its eighth year and taking place through April 20 at Camp Atterbury in Indiana.

Tech

DHS issues emergency order to prevent agency DNS hijacking

by Sean Lyngaas • 5 months ago

The order out of concern that federal agencies could be vulnerable to cyberattacks intended to gain access to the platforms used to manage domain name system (DNS) records.

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