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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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Feds follow digital money trail to halt online poker

April 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal investigators obtained a trove of digital evidence, including emails, wire transfers and even a jump drive, to make the case that poker websites allegedly conned U.S. banks into processing $3 billion worth of illegal gambling proceeds. Justice Department attorneys on Friday unsealed charges of bank fraud, money laundering and...

From Nextgov.com: Feds follow digital money trail to halt online poker

April 21, 2011 Federal investigators obtained a trove of digital evidence, including emails, wire transfers and even a jump drive, to make the case that poker websites allegedly conned U.S. banks into processing $3 billion worth of illegal gambling proceeds. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

IRS computer glitches allow erroneous credits

April 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Flaws in the Internal Revenue Service's software programs have allowed filers to improperly claim tax credits for first-time home purchases and energy-efficient improvements to houses, according to a preliminary audit of the 2011 filing season. As of March 4, computer glitches had allowed 54 people to receive $331,557 in credits...

From Nextgov.com: IRS computer glitches allow erroneous credits

April 19, 2011 Flaws in the Internal Revenue Service's software programs have allowed filers to improperly claim tax credits for first-time home purchases and energy-efficient improvements to houses, according to a preliminary audit of the 2011 filing season. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Shortage of skilled cyber specialists fuels debate over pay

April 18, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House, Congress, academia and industry seem to be in rare agreement that the shortage of government cybersecurity specialists is a national security threat, but no one seems to agree which cyber jobs are the most needed -- and therefore should garner the highest salaries. According to the most...

From Nextgov.com: Shortage of skilled cyber specialists fuels debate over pay

April 18, 2011 The White House, Congress, academia and industry seem to be in rare agreement that the shortage of government cybersecurity specialists is a national security threat, but no one seems to agree which cyber jobs are the most needed -- and therefore should garner the highest salaries. Read the whole story...

The FBI Fights Malware with More Lethal Malware

April 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. government just went on the cyber-offensive in shooting down a network of malware-spewing servers. For the first time, the FBI has destroyed a botnet -- an organization that hijacks users' computers via remote servers to unfurl malicious software -- by hijacking the culpable servers to send stop commands....

Cyber identity strategy would eliminate the need for multiple passwords

April 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House on Friday unveiled guiding principles for industry on developing identity credentials that would allow ID holders to log on to virtually any website, eliminating the need to remember multiple passwords or to enter personal information. The 52-page National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, first suggested in...

Budget deal hits trade-tracking program as key technologies are slated to come online

April 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The budget battle took a $6 million chunk of funding out of a cargo screening program and delayed the purchase of mobile radios for Border Patrol agents, Customs and Border Protection officials said. The compromise spending bill to fund government operations through September, which President Obama was set to sign...

From Nextgov.com: Cyber identity strategy would eliminate the need for multiple passwords

April 15, 2011 The White House on Friday unveiled guiding principles for industry on developing identity credentials that would allow ID holders to log on to virtually any website, eliminating the need to remember multiple passwords or to enter personal information. Read the whole story on Nextgov.com.