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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 Attack Baltimore Personnel & Turner Construction Workers; FDIC Worker Accidentally Walks Out With Data

April 18, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches Fraudsters Stole Data on Baltimore City Employees The security breach was detected when a "few dozen" city employees attempted to file tax returns and were rejected, according to officials. Every employee, retiree and...

New US Cyber Commission Tries to Find a Seat for Government at the Table

April 15, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At the first assembly of a shiny new U.S. commission on cybersecurity, members were already debating how to thaw the relationship between the federal government and the best minds in data protection. Silicon Valley firms "think government is the enemy,” said Commissioner Herb Lin, a senior cybersecurity researcher at Stanford...

If You Are in Debt, the IRS Might Have Leaked Your Social Security Number

April 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Updated: On April 14, the IRS provided an explanation for the problem. The story has been updated to reflect the agency's comment. Over the past year, the Internal Revenue Service has tangled with crafty thieves who fooled its systems into spitting out valuable data. Now, the tax agency faces another...

GSA Quizzes Companies on Cyber Capabilities

April 12, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government's federal buying arm is quizzing industry about its cybersecurity offerings to give federal agencies more insight into the types of tools and technologies currently on the market that could help quash common cyberthreats. Feedback from contractors and information security experts to the General Services Administration "will help GSA...

Postal Service Agents Will Trawl Facebook, Dating Sites to Root Out Fraud

April 11, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A dishonest Postal Service employee, citing a bad back, says she can’t lift a thing, files for workers’ compensation, collects a paycheck and stays home from work. A simple visit to her Facebook page, however, shows the purportedly injured employee lifting weights at a bodybuilding competition. That hypothetical situation comes...

'Hey Siri, Fire For Effect': US Army Seeks Voice-Controlled Gear

April 11, 2016 A soldier in a Humvee who needs access to a map of land mines does not have time to type in a 10-character password and insert a smartcard to prove to a device he is not a hacker. But increasingly, this is the upshot as the military tightens cybersecurity to...

'Hey Siri, Call in an Airstrike': Army Seeks to Outfit Soldiers With Voice-Controlled Gear

April 11, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A soldier in a Humvee who needs access to a map of land mines does not have time to type in a 10-character password and insert a smartcard to prove to a device he is not a hacker. But increasingly, this is the upshot as the military tightens cybersecurity to...

Hackers Broadcast Furball Erotica Nationwide, Whomp Trump Hotels… Again & Steal IDs of Half of Turkish Population

April 11, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Furball Erotica Replaces Regularly Scheduled Programming on Radio Stations Nationwide A hack by an unknown party caused some listeners of KIFT, a Colorado Top 40 radio station, to hear a sexually explicit podcast...

The Military Is Hiring a Rapid Cyber Response Team -- in Case Commissaries Get Hacked

April 8, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Updated April 11 with additional information from a Defense Commissary Agency spokesman. Military base grocery stores are vulnerable to computer hackers, according to the Pentagon, which says it needs private cyber forensics investigators on call. If a payment system breach were to occur, the team would respond within an hour....

DHS: Cyberattack on the Ukraine Power Grid Could Happen Here

April 6, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A type of cyberattack that recently turned off the lights in Ukraine could bring any vital U.S. sector to its knees, cautioned a top Homeland Security Department official. After leveraging a cribbed password, a group of unidentified hackers Dec. 23, 2015, knocked out power to 225,000 of the foreign country's...

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