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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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See Something Say Something Has Aided 2,000 Probes, But How Many Arrests?

November 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Reports of suspicious goings-on, encouraged under the "See Something Say Something" public awareness campaign, have contributed to more than 2,000 FBI investigations, bureau officials disclosed. The figure provided to Nextgov represents one of many data points sought by critics of the reports, who say they violate civil liberties without protecting ...

Hackers Crack GitHub, Release a Treaty and Listen In On MacRumors

November 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: GitHub users betrayed by their own passwords Hackers guessed the login credentials of users of the popular computer code-sharing site to compromise their accounts. The “brute-force” attack relied on automated tools that logged ...

How to Spot the Next Edward Snowden

November 21, 2013 The fictional FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit depicted on the TV series Criminal Minds has a real-life bureau counterpart that looks inward to anticipate the next internal crime. The FBI's insider threat program profiles the profilers to stop Edward Snowdens and Robert Hanssens in the making. Psychological analysis, or even clinical ...

How to Precognize a Snowden

November 21, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The fictional FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit depicted on the TV series Criminal Minds has a real-life bureau counterpart that looks inward to anticipate the next internal crime. The FBI's insider threat program profiles the profilers to stop Edward Snowdens and Robert Hanssens in the making. Psychological analysis, or even clinical ...

Say 'Cheese' -- and Happy Birthday! -- to the International Space Station

November 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When the astronauts who pieced together the International Space Station snapped photos of the view from the cosmos, little did they know that there would eventually be an app for that. On the 15th anniversary of the ISS, a recently-departed NASA program manager noted that a winner of the agency’s ...

Pentagon Wants Contractors to Protect Industry Secrets From Hackers

November 20, 2013 All future Pentagon contracts will regulate the security of certain unclassified networks owned by suppliers, amid concerns that the theft of technical information can jeopardize economic security. But, in response to industry pressure, Defense Department officials softened their initial June 2011 proposed rule that would have covered all unclassified data. ...

New Defense Contracts Will Protect Vendor Trade Secrets From Hackers

November 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow All future Pentagon contracts will regulate the security of certain unclassified networks owned by suppliers, amid concerns that the theft of technical information can jeopardize economic security. But, in response to industry pressure, Defense Department officials softened their initial June 2011 proposed rule that would have covered all unclassified data. ...

Obama Rebuffs Senate’s Security Clearance Overhaul

November 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House has rejected a Senate plan to reform the security clearance process, including elements that would regularly search social media and other commercial data sources for signs of a potential rogue employee. The Senate voted Monday evening to take up the proposal, part of a larger Defense Department ...

Obama Ricin Letter Suspect Linked to Bitcoin Drug Bazaar

November 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A former seller on the now-shuttered Silk Road website, a black market eBay that only accepted bitcoin, is one of the suspects accused of mailing President Obama poison-laced letters this year, according to Homeland Security Department officials. The revelation came in response to a Senate committee’s request for information on ...

Inside Job: NYPD Detective Hacks Colleagues' Data

November 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Possibly 4,000 wallets emptied after hack of Czech bitcoin exchange The website Bitcash.cz, which places trades in the Czech Republic, says its security system was broken and it has filed a legal complaint ...