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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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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...

House Intelligence Chairman Opposes Special Election Hacking Probe

December 12, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There’s no value in launching a special inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said Monday, pushing up a possible barrier to a broad congressional review. Numerous Republican and Democratic lawmakers have urged a full congressional inquiry in recent days into the...

Trump’s Latest Landing Teams Include Two Cyber Experts

December 12, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President-elect Donald Trump released names of about three dozen additional agency landing team members Friday who will pave the way for Trump appointees at federal agencies, including at least two more with extensive cybersecurity backgrounds. Bradley Buswell, a former Homeland Security Department deputy undersecretary for science and technology, will be...

Obama Launches Review of Russian Election Hacking

December 9, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Barack Obama ordered the intelligence community this week to draft a report on cyberattacks that plagued the 2016 election and to deliver it before he leaves office, Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said Friday. The review will also examine hacking of the Obama and John McCain campaigns during the...