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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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WikiLeaks ruling spotlights outdated e-privacy law

November 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A federal court ruling against three individuals allegedly associated with WikiLeaks is fueling the debate over updating a 1980s electronic privacy law. The three argued that the Justice Department's request for personal records from the social media service Twitter constitutes an invasion of privacy. The government sought the data as...

WikiLeaks ruling spotlights outdated e-privacy law

November 11, 2011 A federal court ruling against three individuals allegedly associated with WikiLeaks is fueling the debate over updating a 1980s electronic privacy law. Read the story at Nextgov.com.

Coburn: Computerized patient records will bring on hackers

November 10, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A powerful Republican senator with a medical degree is warning that the nation's transition to electronic patient records will lure cyber intruders and should be reconsidered. The federal government is spending nearly $20 billion in economic stimulus funds to move doctors from paper to digital records for storing health information....

FBI Knocks Out Mammoth Estonian Cyber Ring

November 9, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In one of the biggest cyber crackdowns in history, the FBI and international partners have arrested six Estonian nationals for hijacking computers worldwide to bilk the multi-billion dollar Internet advertising market, bureau officials announced on Wednesday. About 4 million computers belonging to consumers, businesses and government agencies, including NASA, were...

High court tangles with Orwellian GPS fears v. past ruling

November 9, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While troubled by the growing invasiveness of mobile technology, the U.S. Supreme Court could rule the government's use of warrantless Global Positioning System tracking does not violate a person's constitutional right to privacy because a previous verdict sanctioned beeper tracking, some legal experts say. On Tuesday, the high court heard...

NASA quickly fills chief technologist slot

November 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cornell University professor Mason Peck has been tapped to serve as NASA chief technologist, space agency officials announced Tuesday, following last month's exit of Bobby Braun, the first person to hold the position in a decade. Peck will start work in January 2012 on incorporating the space agency's new high-tech...

Auditors blast DHS' $1.5 billion border plan

November 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal auditors slammed a $1.5 billion border security program expected to replace a failed virtual fence in Arizona that already has cost taxpayers $1 billion. Plans for a follow-on to the now-defunct Secure Border Initiative network don't include a believable price estimate and fail to document the rationale for the...

Auditors blast DHS' $1.5 billion border plan

November 7, 2011 Federal auditors slammed a $1.5 billion border security program expected to replace a failed virtual fence in Arizona that already has cost taxpayers $1 billion. Read the full story on Nextgov.

Senate Intel Chair Demands 'Aggressive' Response to Chinese, Russian Hacking

November 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee is calling for an "aggressive" response to an unprecedented counterintelligence report that names names -- specifically China and Russia -- in its allegations of cyberespionage. On Thursday, the National Intelligence Director's office released a study stating, "Chinese actors are the world's most active...

FBI, Homeland Security defer to each other on criminal immigrants' data

November 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story was updated to reflect the fact that Republicans late Friday issued subpoenas for the records they are seeking. The Homeland Security Department and FBI apparently are at odds over which agency is responsible for the criminal records of illegal immigrants. House Republicans on Friday subpoenaed those records for...