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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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Here's How You Hack a Military Drone

April 27, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Research studies on drone vulnerabilities published in recent years essentially provided hackers a how-to guide for hijacking unmanned aircraft, an Israeli defense manufacturer said Monday. A real-life downing of a CIA stealth drone by Iranians occurred a month after one such paper was published, noted Esti Peshin, director of cyber ...

Hackers Hijack Wireless Car Keys and Pierce Israeli Military Systems

April 24, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Thieves Break Into Cars by Amplifying Signals from Wireless Keys Inside Homes Storing your wireless car keys in the freezer might be the best way to defeat crooks with door-hack gadgets. A series ...

Private Investigators Say Hacked and Bankrupt USIS Didn’t Shirk Security

April 23, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A hacked background checker assailed for undercutting protections to boost its bottom line received high security marks from the government, even while the breach was ongoing, according to private forensics investigators retained by the company. Contrary to assertions by the Office of Personnel Management and a top lawmaker, documents from ...

Lawmaker Says USIS May Have Shortchanged Cybersecurity before Hack of 27,000 Employee Records

April 23, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government background checker USIS blocked U.S. officials from fully probing the hack of more than 27,000 employee records on its network, according to the Office of Personnel Management. The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee also suggested the embattled company appeared to have shortchanged network security ...

The Pentagon Isn't the Only Agency Turning to Silicon Valley

April 22, 2015 The Department of Homeland Security is setting up shop in Google's territory. DHS is close to opening a branch in Silicon Valley to help tighten the tech industry's computer security -- and conscript its top talent, the department's top official announced Tuesday. The move is part of a larger attempt ...

DHS to Open Up Shop in Silicon Valley

April 21, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Department of Homeland Security is setting up shop in Google's territory. DHS is close to opening a branch in Silicon Valley to help tighten the tech industry's computer security -- and conscript its top talent, the department's top official announced Tuesday. The move is part of a larger attempt ...

Feds Heighten Scrutiny of TSA Screeners and Aviation Staff to Thwart Insider Threat

April 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Transportation Security Administration and aviation industry employees will be subjected to heightened electronic surveillance following several incidents involving insiders who abused their badges to traffic guns, federal officials announced Monday. Among the actions that kick in immediately are random passenger-like screening of airline employees throughout the workday and biennial criminal ...

The Army Is Sharing Its Top Cyber Warriors With Hollywood and Wall Street

April 19, 2015 At a time when the Pentagon arguably is losing a battle with industry for top tech talent, the Army is offering companies the resumes of its best cyberwarriors. It’s just one strategy U.S. organizations are trying out to deal with a workforce challenge as persistent as the cyber threat. This ...

Hackers Publicize US Authorities’ Home Addresses and Freeze Cops’ Computers

April 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Right-Wing Extremists Allegedly Dumped U.S. Officials’ Home Addresses Online Federal authorities are trying to determine the source of a leak of the home addresses of senior U.S. officials on the Internet. Maine Cops ...

Why is the Army Handing Its Cyber Stars to Fox Entertainment?

April 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At a time when the Pentagon arguably is losing a battle with industry for top tech talent, the Army is offering companies the resumes of its best cyberwarriors. It’s just one strategy U.S. organizations are trying out to deal with a workforce challenge as persistent as the cyber threat. Next ...