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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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Hackers Pull Down a Virginia Cloud, Spy on Syrian Rebels and Get Lost

May 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Security hole in Syrian opposition site used to spy on dissidents Hackers have been taking advantage of a bug in Adobe Flash since September 2013 to track citizens complaining about the Assad regime. ...

Recent TSA Scanner Upgrade Protected Your Privacy but Didn't Improve the System

April 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Transportation Security Administration needs to do more research before upgrading airport body scanners, according to federal auditors. "By not measuring system effectiveness based on the performance of the technology and [screening officers] who operate the technology or taking into account current processes and deployment strategies," officials "are not ensuring ...

Feds Would Have a Hard Time Keeping Zero-Days Under Wraps

April 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If federal officials wanted to keep mum about the next cyber superbug to give the intelligence community time to exploit it, they have a plan for doing so -- but executing the plan could invite the kind of disclosures it aims to prevent. The Obama administration strongly maintains it didn't ...

Hackers Revive AOL, Reveal Obama’s Airport Passcodes and Love Soccer

April 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Employee accidentally exposes airport passcodes before Obama’s flight lands A Skymark Airlines worker at Haneda airport in Tokyo lost a piece of paper bearing the codes on Sunday afternoon, prompting a frantic scramble ...

Feds Tap Data Surveillance Firm for Money Laundering Investigations

April 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government has tapped data surveillance provider Palantir to help civilian intelligence agencies collaborate on money laundering investigations. The five-year $9.9 million sole source contract follows independent efforts by the departments of Justice, Treasury and Homeland Security to use the tools, according to contracting documets. Primarily, feds need the ...

Government Employees Cause Nearly 60% of Public Sector Cyber Incidents

April 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow About 58 percent of cyber incidents reported in the public sector were caused by government employees, according to an annual data breach report compiled by Verizon. The findings -- stripped of identifying information -- do not mention ex-contractor Edward Snowden's mammoth leak of national secrets. Even if Snowden's leaks had ...

Deltek Breach Raises Questions About Widespread Hacking

April 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Details surrounding a recent network breach at the business research and software firm Deltek remain uncertain after the company confirmed the incident exposed sensitive data on tens of thousands of employees of federal contractors. On March 13, Deltek discovered an intruder had broken into a federal market analysis database called ...

How Oculus Will Revolutionize the Battlefield

April 20, 2014 The virtual reality tool Oculus, a wow-producing technology recently acquired by Facebook, has the potential to transform entertainment, social networking -- and warfighting, some defense contractors say. "It's your terrain," said A.J. Clark, president of Thermopylae Sciences + Technology, which makes mapping software for Google Glass and other wearable technology. ...

Heartbleed Means HealthCare.gov Users Must Reset Passwords

April 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal officials are telling Obamacare website account holders to reset their passwords, following revelations of a bug that could allow hackers to steal data. Officials earlier in the month said the government's main public sites, including HealthCare.gov, were safe from the risks surrounding Heartbleed -- faulty code recently found in ...

You Could Virtually Hover Over a Battlefield With Oculus

April 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The virtual reality tool Oculus, a wow-producing technology recently acquired by Facebook, has the potential to transform entertainment, social networking -- and warfighting, some defense contractors say. "It's your terrain," said A.J. Clark, president of Thermopylae Sciences + Technology, which makes mapping software for Google Glass and other wearable technology. ...