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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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Indie Programmer Tries Debunking Phone Spying Myths

December 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As lawmakers dispatch letters to cellphone-monitoring firm Carrier IQ, outraged over tales of the Silicon Valley company tracking callers' keystrokes, one independent programmer says the software is not capable of recording button-pressing beyond dialed numbers. Carrier IQ provides wireless companies with reliability statistics based on data transmitted from Carrier IQ...

New cyber info-sharing measure gets nod from privacy proponents

December 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story was updated to include comments from a House Intelligence Committee staff member. A House Homeland Security Committee draft bill that would create a nonprofit entity to share information on cyber threats has gained favor with some privacy advocates who are concerned that a competing bill already passed by...

Verizon becomes first firm to offer certified online ID protection

December 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Verizon has become the first company certified to offer high-level online identity protection for federal personnel and visitors to dot-gov websites, officials at the telecommunications firm announced Monday morning. With agencies under budgetary pressure to move services online and data breaches spiking, ID providers are vying to offer departments, as...

Verizon becomes first firm to offer certified online ID protection

December 5, 2011 Verizon has become the first company certified to offer high-level online identity protection for federal personnel and visitors to dot-gov websites, officials at the telecommunications firm announced Monday morning. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

DHS to Holiday Shoppers: Beware of Cyber Crooks

December 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Information technology managers and federal employees should be on high alert for e-mail scams and malicious software this holiday shopping season, Homeland Security Department officials warn. The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, part of DHS, has reissued a cyber activity notice from last year, reminding computer users there is a...

Delayed again -- troubled immigration processing system encounters new hurdles

December 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The long-delayed launch of a troubled $1.7 billion online system for reviewing immigration applications has been postponed indeterminately because the tool is not functioning properly, according to internal U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services memos reviewed by Nextgov. USCIS officials as recently as last month told auditors the Transformation project would...

Lawmaker insists DHS track stats on racial profiling in immigrant fingerprinting program

December 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A House Democrat is demanding that the Homeland Security Department secretary order municipalities involved in a controversial DHS fingerprinting program to collect data on indicators of racial profiling. The Secure Communities program requires the FBI to run fingerprints of aliens arrested by local police against Homeland Security's biometric immigrant database....

Trust But Verify

December 1, 2011 The Obama administration wants to partner with the e-commerce industry to make sure citizens are who they say they are online. But it's not clicking yet. Imagine visiting any government website for the first time and immediately accessing services without having to register. Think of it as an online express...

Hackers target U.N., World Bank personnel

November 29, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. A new hacker group on Tuesday claimed to have leaked the email addresses and passwords of more than 100 individuals at the United Nations. Referring to the U.N. as a "senate for global corruption," the so-called TeaMp0isoN hacktivists apparently were avenging what they view as...

Hackers target U.N., World Bank personnel

November 29, 2011 A new hacker group on Tuesday claimed to have leaked the email addresses and passwords of more than 100 individuals at the United Nations. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

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