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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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

Mishandling of immigration casework e-system angers lawmakers

November 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lawmakers say they are frustrated and almost in disbelief, following an internal watchdog's findings that a project to build an immigration processing system has squandered millions of dollars and could be on its way to siphoning off more funds. The chronicle of waste and mismanagement comes at a time when...

Cellphone emergency call service failed following East Coast quake

November 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A cellphone service that is supposed to grant priority to emergency government and public safety calls failed during the August earthquake that rocked the East Coast, a Homeland Security Department Official said Monday. The Wireless Priority Service, a voice feature that does not require a special cellphone, was overwhelmed by...

DHS Finds No Evidence Hackers Penetrated Illinois Water Plant

November 23, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There is no proof that anyone infiltrated a computer network operating a water plant in Springfield, Ill., despite earlier reports that hackers located in Russia may have penetrated the facility's control system, federal officials have concluded. A state fusion center report, first made public by reputable cybersecurity expert Joe Weiss,...

USCIS mismanaged immigration processing project, auditors report

November 22, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For three years, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has been mishandling a $1.7 billion project that is supposed to digitize casework, resulting in a premature contract award, implementation delays and hundreds of millions of wasted dollars, according to federal auditors. In November 2008, the agency, part of the Homeland Security...

Lawmakers pad FBI cyber schooling funds

November 22, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congress will pay the FBI an additional $18.6 million to better investigate computer hacking cases, following a federal study that found a third of bureau agents probing breaches significant to national security lacked the necessary networking and counterintelligence skills. A spending package passed Nov. 17 to fund many federal agencies...

Experts caution against overreacting to potential water plant hack

November 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An ongoing investigation into the possible hack of a U.S. water plant should trigger a methodical analysis of the security of the nation's industrial systems to avoid jumping to the wrong conclusions, former federal cybersecurity officials say. The Homeland Security Department's cyber response team and the FBI are gathering facts...

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