Latest from Ellen Nakashima

Biden administration preparing to sanction Russia for SolarWinds hacks and the poisoning of an opposition leader

The administration says the hacks went beyond traditional espionage and were “indiscriminate” and potentially “disruptive.”
  • Feb 23, 2021

Tension grows between Congress and the administration over how White House cyber policy should be run

The Biden team was opposed to a Senate-confirmed White House cyber position but it’s now the law that there be one.
  • Feb 18, 2021

U.S. accuses three North Koreans of conspiring to steal more than $1.3 billion in cash and cryptocurrency

The indictment builds upon 2018 charges brought following the North Korean cyberattack against Sony Pictures.
  • Feb 17, 2021

Justice Dept. leaders repeatedly stymied requests for search of Giuliani’s records

The move effectively leaves the decision to President Biden’s Justice Department.
  • Feb 10, 2021

Pressure mounts to use 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics to confront China on genocide accusations

The forced detention of more than 1 million Uighur Muslims and a crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong could provide a jarring backdrop for the Games.
  • Feb 5, 2021

Former GOP operative Michael Ellis placed on administrative leave from NSA’s top lawyer job

The National Security Agency director put Ellis on leave pending a Defense Department inspector general inquiry.
  • Jan 21, 2021

Avril Haines, Biden’s nominee for DNI, faces questions on China, domestic extremism

The confirmation hearing for Haines, who would be the first woman to serve as the nation’s top intelligence official, was largely free of partisan rancor.
  • Jan 19, 2021

Pelosi calls for halt in efforts to install Trump loyalist as NSA’s top lawyer

The House speaker accused acting defense secretary Christopher C. Miller of trying to “burrow” a Republican Party operative into the Democratic administration of Joe Biden.
  • Jan 18, 2021

Far-right groups move online conversations from social media to chat apps — and out of view of law enforcement

After big tech companies kicked Trump off Twitter and shut down right-wing social network Parler, extremist groups are moving to encrypted chat apps like Telegram. It's making it tougher for police to look for future attacks.
  • Jan 18, 2021

Purges force extremists off social media sites. That can complicate investigators’ work.

Big Tech’s takedowns of sites like Parler has led some on the far right to migrate to encrypted apps, officials say.
  • Jan 17, 2021