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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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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...

Three Years Later, Obama Picks Privacy Police

December 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Almost three years after taking office on a platform of government openness, President Obama has gotten around to completing nominations for an empty board that is supposed to expose counterterrorism injustices. The five nominees still face Senate confirmation. The congressionally-established Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, a byproduct of post...

FTC tells global Internet body to cut back domain name plan

December 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Wary of fraud, U.S. regulators are asking the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers not to move forward with plans to accept bids in January for new domain name endings, such as dot-bank. The Federal Trade Commission on Friday sent ICANN, the international body that oversees Web address names,...

Odds of hacker 'shenanigans' during the presidential primaries are high

December 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Expect hackers to try to disgrace presidential candidates with electronic extortion and other forms of digital deception during the upcoming primaries, say some former hackers and computer security specialists. The surge in social networking has coincided with the rise of social engineering, or tricking a computer user into revealing personal...

Odds of hacker 'shenanigans' during the primaries are high

December 16, 2011 Editor's Note: an incorrect link in our e-mail newsletter directed users looking for the story, "Obama signs legislation funding government through Sept. 30" to this page. If you're looking for that article, click here. Expect hackers to try to disgrace presidential candidates with electronic extortion and other forms of digital...

Defense bill tackles WikiLeaks-style insider threats

December 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Dismissing White House concerns about the tight timetable, Congress on Thursday sent President Obama a Defense authorization bill for 2012 that would require the Pentagon to install a departmentwide computer monitoring system by October aimed at averting unauthorized data leaks. The measure calls for an insider threat detection program to...

Defense bill tackles WikiLeaks-style insider threats

December 15, 2011 Dismissing White House concerns about the tight timetable, Congress on Thursday sent President Obama a Defense authorization bill for 2012 that would require the Pentagon to install a departmentwide computer monitoring system by October aimed at averting unauthorized data leaks. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

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