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Aliya Sternstein

Senior Correspondent Aliya Sternstein reports on cybersecurity and homeland security systems for Nextgov. She has covered technology for nine years at such publications as National Journal's TechnologyDaily, Federal Computer Week and Forbes. Before joining Government Executive, she covered agriculture and derivatives trading for Congressional Quarterly. She has been a guest commentator on C-SPAN, WTOP and Federal News Radio. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Results 1-10 of 2021

Some Things Should Be Banned from the Internet of Things

4:59 PM ET FROM NEXTGOV arrow The unknown danger in connecting an increasing number of analog objects, such as light bulbs, to the Web is worrying policy advisers. The "Internet of Things” just might have too many things, says Richard Danzig, a member of the Defense Policy Board and the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. "Information companies ...

Unclassified JFK Assassination Database Still Stored In Top Secret Vault -- for Convenience

July 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The master database cataloging material related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has always been housed in a Top Secret vault, much of the time on a personal computer, according to National Archives and Records Administration officials. The index -- which does not hold physical artifacts -- was ...

Evaluate Aspiring Cyberwarriors Using Gaming, Not Grades

July 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Maybe the winner of an upcoming Pentagon contest to robotize cybersecurity should win a salaried job, in addition to the planned $2 million cash prize. That's the belief of former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig, who questions why the government focuses so much on formal education when evaluating applicants for cyber ...

Significant Deficiencies Found in Treasury’s Computer Security

July 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Weaknesses in Treasury Department computer systems that track federal debt are severe enough to disrupt accounting, according to a government audit. Newly discovered security vulnerabilities at the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, coupled with older unfixed problems, constitute a "significant deficiency" for financial reporting purposes, the Government Accountability Office found. ...

Attention, Passengers: $15,000 Prize for Whoever Can Speed TSA Screening

July 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In anticipation that more fliers will be eager to pay for expedited checkpoint screening, the Transportation Security Administration has promised to award $15,000 in cash prizes to whoever can design a faster waiting line system. TSA on Tuesday opened a competition on InnoCentive, a website for crowdsourcing solutions to problems, ...

Hackers Compromise Porn, Improve CNET’s Security, and Reveal Malware Ingredients

July 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: UK government privacy office mum about an internal breach The agency responsible for protecting the country’s private information refuses to release details about a hack that took place under its own roof. Bank ...

National Guard, Feds Double Down for Foreign Hack Against US

July 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government deployed twice as many cyber professionals this year as in 2013 during a -- simulated -- foreign-based cyberattack on U.S. soil, Pentagon officials said Thursday. About 550 participants recently completed "Cyber Guard 14-1," a two-week exercise executed by the U.S. Cyber Command and hosted at the FBI's ...

How Cyber Scary Is It Outside Today?

July 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow We have shrunk ThreatWatch, Nextgov's online rundown of the latest reported breaches, into an iPhone app that offers more news and numbers. You'll still find depictions of hacks hitting agencies, retailers and every sector daily, but now there also are threat-level scores and story feeds from around the globe. This ...

Bitcoin Could Become Gold Standard at Ft. Knox Florist

July 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Flower shop Petals and Blooms, located inside a Kentucky military base, now accepts the virtual currency Bitcoin for online purchases. The Fort Knox florist is part of BloomNation.com, an online service that connects customers with local stores and handles payment processing. Currently, Bitcoin buys account for about 1 percent of ...

Unclear Whether OPM Hackers Accessed Feds’ Names

July 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Personnel Management is not required to tell employees whether attackers who recently breached a human resources database saw their names. The hackers, believed to be from China, apparently wanted files on staff who have applied for top-secret security clearances, The New York Times previously reported. OPM and ...