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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.
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Congress Grills TSA on Chinese-Made Luggage Scanner Parts

December 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated with comments from TSA and Rapiscan. A House committee is pressing the Transportation Security Administration for answers on allegations that a vendor has supplied about 250 baggage screening systems containing Chinese-manufactured parts that could facilitate espionage or sabotage. TSA recently withdrew a roughly $60 million ...

DARPA Plugs Contest for Watson-like System to Deflect Hackers

December 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the wake of an alleged hack that stole the passwords of two million Facebook, Google and other Internet users, Pentagon officials are plugging a new contest to build a Watson-like system that can find and eradicate Achilles heels in software. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the test tube ...

Hackers Accidentally Auction Secrets, Ruin Relationships and Game Investors

December 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Australian government data found on for-sale thumb drives Various agencies, businesses and private citizens neglected to erase memory sticks before giving them away to online marketplaces, which also failed to wipe the drives. ...

Cyber Arms Dealers Peddle 85 Worms a Day

December 5, 2013 Cyberweapons sold to the government that are powered by glitches in popular software have opened a can of worms for citizens who increasingly are being attacked by nongovernment actors buying from the same arsenal of 85 exploits per day, according to new research. Boutique firms are selling details about flaws ...

Cyber Arms Dealers Peddle 85 Worms a Day

December 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cyberweapons sold to the government that are powered by glitches in popular software have opened a can of worms for citizens who increasingly are being attacked by nongovernment actors buying from the same arsenal of 85 exploits per day, according to new research. Boutique firms are selling details about flaws ...

Pentagon Forcing Many Workers Back to BlackBerry

December 3, 2013 Some military members who were working off Apple and Android-based smartphones and tablets now must return to using older model BlackBerrys because of a security service switchover, according to an email obtained byNextgov and confirmed by Pentagon officials. The Defense Department is building a new mobile device management system to ...

Pentagon Disconnects iPhone, Android Security Service, Forcing a Return to BlackBerry for Some

December 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some military members who were working off Apple and Android-based smartphones and tablets now must return to using older model BlackBerrys because of a security service switchover, according to an email obtained by Nextgov and confirmed by Pentagon officials. The Defense Department is building a new mobile device management system ...

Bitcoin Users Lose $40 Million in Apparent Narcotics Bazaar Heist

December 2, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sheep Marketplace, an illicit virtual drug mart, has folded, potentially freezing $40 million worth of bitcoins that sellers and buyers had used to cut deals anonymously. U.S. authorities, as of Sunday night, were not commenting on the situation. The narcotics bazaar had filled a void left when feds in September ...

Hackers Redeem Airline Miles, Probe Syrian Regime’s Porn, and Bet the Horses

November 27, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Horse betting site loses passwords News and gambling portal Racingpost.com is notifying customers through email of a “sophisticated, sustained and aggressive attack” on a site database that compromised account details. Imposters convert hotel ...

Canadian Health System Inadvertantly Exposes 40,000 Medical Marijuana Users

November 26, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some 40,000 patients received envelopes from Canada’s health system blaring the return address, “Medical Marijuana Access Program,” across the top, followed by the individual’s name and address. Many of the users are in a state. They say their privacy has been violated and fear their houses may be robbed and ...