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Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and Commander of U.S. Cyber Command General Paul Nakasone arrives at the U.S. Capitol on June 14, 2022 in Washington, DC. Nakasone has advocated for the White House not to change DOD’s cyber operations’ authorities. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Biden set to approve expansive authorities for Pentagon to carry out cyber operations

The State Department fought hard to win back the cyber authorities that it lost under the Trump administration but did not prevail.
Ambassador at Large for Cyberspace and Digital Policy Nate Fick, right, spoke at the Stanford Law School in Stanford, Calif., with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, and Jennifer S. MartĂ­nez, dean of law school, on Oct. 17. (Photo by Ronny Przysucha/State Department)

From ‘Generation Kill’ to driving digital diplomacy: Nate Fick digs into role as first U.S. cyber ambassador

Fick says the State Department 'has a rightful place to assert leadership' when it comes to setting American cyber policy.
The State Department announced its $10 million bounty for details on Conti members at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas in August and promoted the reward on casino chips with QR codes. (Photo by AJ Vicens/CyberScoop)

State Department bounty program for cybercriminal tips has ‘born fruit,’ top FBI official says

A top FBI cyber official says the program encourages people with intimate knowledge of cybercrime to report details to the U.S. government.
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The State Department announced its $10 million bounty for details on Conti members at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas in August and promoted the reward on casino chips with QR codes. (Photo by AJ Vicens/CyberScoop)

State Department offers $10 million for details on Conti ransomware gang members

As of January 2022, there were more than 1,000 victims of attacks associated with Conti ransomware and payouts exceeding $150 million.
An Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, on August 28, 2016, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv. -(Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Apple ramps up war on spyware, a growing digital scourge

An Apple representative said that the company has alerted potential victims of highly targeted mercenary spyware in 150 countries.
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