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Aliya Sternstein

Senior Correspondent Aliya Sternstein reports on cybersecurity and homeland security systems. She’s covered technology for more than a decade at such publications as National Journal's Technology Daily, Federal Computer Week and Forbes. Before joining Government Executive, Sternstein covered agriculture and derivatives trading for Congressional Quarterly. She’s been a guest commentator on C-SPAN, MSNBC, WAMU and Federal News Radio. Sternstein is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
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Hackers Seize Terminally Ill Newborn’s Tribute Page, Take From Staples’ Till and Avenge Snapchat Archivist

October 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Staples Registers Hacked by Credit Card Thieves Multiple banks have traced fraudulent transactions to payment cards used at Staples office supply locations in the Northeastern United States. Teen Who Posted Nudies from Snapchat ...

10 Crazy Devices the Secret Service Could Use to Put the Kibosh on Fence Jumping

October 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A gate crasher bypassed an unlocked, manual front door and two guards and made it deep into the White House last month, while two K-9s Wednesday night managed to halt a would-be uninvited guest. So far, this year, there have been at least five intrusions on White House grounds demonstrating ...

NOAA Considers Whether to Ax Employee Accused of Breaching Army Dam Files

October 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow National Weather Service employee Xiafen “Sherry” Chen was arrested Monday at her office in Ohio for allegedly breaching an Army database containing sensitive files on U.S. dams. Now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration agency says it’s reviewing whether to take administrative action against the hydrologist, NOAA officials said Tuesday. ...

The Number of Industries Getting Classified Cyberthreat Tips from DHS Has Doubled Since July

October 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Firms from half of the nation’s 16 key industries, including wastewater and banking, have paid for special technology to join a Department of Homeland Security program that shares classified cyberthreat intelligence, in hopes of protecting society from a catastrophic cyberattack. Participation in the Enhanced Cybersecurity Services initiative has more than ...

Hackers ‘Sandworm’ NATO, Incite Pakistan-India Cyber-rattling and Save Nude Snapchats

October 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Pakistan Hacktivists Return Fire after Indian Hacktivists Breach Political Party Site A day after the Pakistan People's Party’s website was hacked by an Indian group, Pakistan hackers defiled the Press Club of India ...

Obama Orders Two-Step IDs to Combat Credit Card Hacks

October 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Barack Obama took action Friday to stop rampant credit card breaches by requiring federal agencies to issue government purchase cards embedded with hacker-resistant microchips that require PIN numbers for charges. By wielding the power of the purse -- 100 payment cards for starters -- the government aims to stimulate ...

Do Not Click on That Ebola Vaccine Ad

October 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning about Ebola-inspired online fraud, as it often does when national crises become phishing bait. DHS U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team “reminds users to protect against email scams and cyber campaigns using the Ebola virus disease (EVD) as a theme,” states an ...

JPMorgan Says Government Purchase Cards Not Affected by Hack

October 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At least one segment of the population appears immune from the JPMorgan data breach that hit 76 million households this summer: federal cardholders. The hackers who compromised a cache of names, phone numbers, and home and email addresses did not see contact information for the 500,000 government employees who use ...

How Should the Government Respond to JPMorgan Hack?

October 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If a nation state turns out to be responsible for the JPMorgan hack, the government should respond, the nation's former top law enforcement official said. A summer cyber strike on the bank's network exposed the names, addresses and emails of 76 million households and 7 small businesses. Former Attorney General ...

FBI’s Most Wanted Hackers: A Bingo Buff, Chinese Military Members and a PI for the Brokenhearted

October 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Five Chinese nationals, a bingo player and the mastermind of a spyware service for abandoned lovers were some of the fugitives spotlighted on the FBI’s Cyber's Most Wanted list, in recognition of October's Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The FBI has put a collective $445,000 bounty on the heads of some of ...