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Joseph Marks

Senior Correspondent Joseph Marks covers cybersecurity for Nextgov. He previously covered cybersecurity for Politico, intellectual property for Bloomberg BNA and federal litigation for Law360. He covered government technology for Nextgov during an earlier stint at the publication and began his career at Midwestern newspapers covering everything under the sun. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown University.
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Don’t Undermine Encryption, Bipartisan Congressional Report Warns

December 20, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congress should not pass laws that weaken encryption, according to a bipartisan congressional report released today. That’s true even though encryption technology can make it harder for law enforcement and intelligence agencies to combat crime and terrorism, according to the report ordered in March by Republican and Democratic leaders of...

Police Use of Phony Cellphone Towers Needs to be Reined in, Lawmakers Warn

December 20, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congress should pass legislation to ensure that phony cellphone towers police use to locate criminals and fugitives are used consistently across the country, according to a bipartisan congressional report released Monday. In the absence of those laws, the Justice and Homeland Security departments should refuse to approve the sale of...

Pressure Mounts on McConnell for Special Committee on Russian Election Hacks

December 19, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Pressure mounted over the weekend on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to appoint a special committee to investigate charges of Russian election hacking. A bipartisan quartet of senators called on the majority leader to appoint a special investigatory committee in a Sunday letter, arguing that following regular Senate procedure could...

You Don’t Need to Catch Hackers in the Act, but Cyber Attribution is Hard

December 19, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President-elect Donald Trump is on offense against the intelligence community’s conclusion that the Russian government meddled in the U.S. election, declaring intel officials are in the tank for Democrats and there’s no way to know much of anything in cyberspace unless you catch a hacker in the act. Trump’s wrong,...

House Cyber Leader Calls for Special Cyber Committee

December 16, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the Congress’ top cyber advocates on Friday called on House Speaker Paul Ryan to create a special cybersecurity committee that would lead an investigation into Russian hacks aimed at disrupting the 2016 election. The proposed select committee would cut across jurisdictional lines to “investigate pressing cybersecurity matters, starting...

What Hackers Want More Than Cash When They Report Bugs

December 15, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s more important for most internet security researchers that companies stay in regular contact with them about fixing the hackable vulnerabilities they find in software systems than the companies pay them for the bug reports, a federal agency reported Thursday. Only about one-fifth of internet security researchers, known as white-hat...

White House Cyber Adviser: I Wish We Saw Election Hacking Coming

December 15, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Russian cyber meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election was an “almost inevitable” evolution of international conflict in cyberspace, and it won’t be the last time a nation uses hacking to disrupt a U.S. election, White House cyber adviser Michael Daniel predicted Thursday. Daniel defended the government response to Russian...

House Intel Chair Lashes Intelligence Community for Ducking Election Hacks Briefing

December 15, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to include a statement from ODNI. The dispute over Russian meddling in the 2016 election took an additional political turn late Wednesday as House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., charged intelligence agencies had refused to brief the committee on new allegations. That refusal could “enable...

Earnest: Intelligence Conclusions on Election Hacking Not Political

December 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest launched a forceful defense Wednesday of intelligence agencies’ conclusion that the Russian government hacked Democratic political organizations before the election, saying President Barack Obama went to great lengths to ensure the intelligence community’s integrity. The prime evidence: Obama didn’t rush the intelligence community’s conclusion...

Senators Demand Criminal Investigation into Russian Election Hacking

December 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nine Democratic senators are urging a criminal investigation into Russian cyber meddling in the 2016 election, the latest development in a series of demands and counterdemands that has consumed the capital in recent days. The senators, led by Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., are also asking Director of National Intelligence...