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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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Memo to feds: Stop using the same passwords for personal and work accounts

December 29, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Recent and future government victims of the hacker collective Anonymous may want to stop using agency passwords on nonwork websites, say officials with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, which learned that lesson the hard way. During the weekend, hacker activists purportedly from Anonymous leaked the apparent passwords and some...

Memo to feds: Don't use same passwords for work, personal accounts

December 29, 2011 Recent and future government victims of the hacker collective Anonymous may want to stop using agency passwords on nonwork websites, say officials with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, which learned that lesson the hard way. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Occupy Wall Street plus Anonymous may equal city computer outages

December 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Note to the Homeland Security Department: expect hackers to join forces with offline activists in 2012 for strikes on transportation computer systems and other critical networks. According to annual predictions released by security firm McAfee, anti-Wall Street demonstrators occupying parks in cities across the country and digital vigilantes associated with...

Occupy Wall Street plus Anonymous may equal city computer outages

December 28, 2011 Note to the Homeland Security Department: expect hackers to join forces with offline activists in 2012 for strikes on transportation computer systems and other critical networks. According to annual predictions released by security firm McAfee, anti-Wall Street demonstrators occupying parks in cities across the country and digital vigilantes associated with...

Santa Picks Up the Tab on Payroll Tax Cut

December 23, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Online shoppers take heed.

Halt domain name bidding, lawmakers say

December 22, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A bipartisan group of House members, along with Senate Democrats, are asking the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to postpone plans for opening up the market of domain name endings, such as dot-music, in the wake of consumer cybersecurity concerns. ICANN, the global nonprofit that governs Web address...

DHS program to monitor social media users draws lawsuit

December 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Privacy advocates are suing the Homeland Security Department to obtain information on a program that monitors the social media interactions of citizens following a federal vendor's private sector plans to sabotage certain groups' online activities with similar technology. Homeland Security officials have expanded an ongoing initiative that tracks public online...

Military surveillance planes will begin patrolling the southwest border in January

December 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department will start positioning military aerial surveillance aircraft in the southwest United States in January 2012 as part of a new border security strategy, federal officials announced Tuesday. Defense Department drones will not be part of the fleet, an official said. The move marks the expansion of...

Feds involved in Manning prosecution enter hackers' crosshairs

December 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A government-hired forensics specialist and an Army investigating officer could face online backlash from WikiLeaks supporters who are unhappy with this week's prosecution of a U.S. soldier accused of releasing confidential government files to the anti-secrets website, a computer engineer affiliated with hacktivist group Anonymous said. "They both are being...

Feds involved in Manning prosecution enter hackers' crosshairs

December 20, 2011 A government-hired forensics specialist and an Army investigating officer could face online backlash from WikiLeaks supporters who are unhappy with this week's prosecution of a U.S. soldier accused of releasing confidential government files to the anti-secrets website, a computer engineer affiliated with hacktivist group Anonymous said. Read the full story...