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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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FBI spyware continuously trolls suspects' surfing

May 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A computer bug akin to spyware, developed by the FBI to trace the source of cyber crimes remains permanent on a suspect's machine, according to previously Secret documents recently released under the Freedom of Information Act. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a privacy group, obtained various emails and records confirming the...

Lawmakers propose giving Energy authority over utilities during cyber emergencies

May 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal officials, lawmakers and industry leaders have reached consensus that any forthcoming cybersecurity legislation should grant the Energy Department authority to order utilities to take action when there is an emergency threat to critical elements of the electricity grid. Energy is one of many agencies currently brokering a sweeping proposal...

From Nextgov.com: Lawmakers would give Energy authority over utilities during cyber emergencies

May 5, 2011 Federal officials, lawmakers and industry leaders have reached consensus that any forthcoming cybersecurity legislation should grant the Energy Department authority to order utilities to take action when there is an emergency threat to critical elements of the electricity grid. Energy is one of many agencies currently brokering a sweeping proposal...

DoD Bill Probes Civilian Net's Threat to Military Installations

May 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Republican charged with coordinating cyber legislation across the chamber's committees has proposed a measure that would examine the threat to military installations posed by the Defense Department's inability to monitor utility networks. At present, lawmakers, executive branch agencies and civil rights advocates are at loggerheads about whether the...

U.S. and Estonia forge new cyber relationship

May 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With a population smaller than that of Phoenix, the former Soviet republic of Estonia has grown skilled at taking down international criminal networks operating millions of computers, after the Internet-dependent society became the victim of one such ring in 2007. Now Estonia is sharing its cyber defense know-how with law...

From Nextgov.com: U.S. and Estonia forge new cyber relationship

May 4, 2011 With a population smaller than that of Phoenix, the former Soviet republic of Estonia has grown skilled at taking down international criminal networks operating millions of computers, after the Internet-dependent society became the victim of one such ring in 2007. Now Estonia is sharing its cyber defense know-how with law...

Interior to offer new mashup capability for its extensive satellite data library

May 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Interior Department contractor Esri, a map software developer, is expected Tuesday to launch a commercial tool that will enable programmers and non-techies alike to manipulate Interior's library of Earth surface images and data captured by satellite over the past four decades, federal and company officials said. On the new, free...

Cellphone may have signaled bin Laden's location

May 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While details remain sketchy on the operation that took down the man who set in motion the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, some former U.S. cyber-forensic officials said a cellphone slip-up last year by one of Osama bin Laden's middlemen may have confirmed earlier tip-offs as to his whereabouts. Federal agents...

Cyber crooks cash in on Osama bin Laden's death

May 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Within hours of the announcement that Osama bin Laden was dead, online security vendors began reporting incidents of spammers and scammers exploiting the news. Major world events, including the recent Japanese earthquake, typically are accompanied by an increase in fraudulent emails designed to ensnare those seeking to help or obtain...

From Nextgov.com: Cellphone may have signaled bin Laden's location

May 2, 2011 While details remain sketchy on the operation that took down the man who set in motion the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, some former U.S. cyber-forensic officials said a cellphone slip-up last year by one of Osama bin Laden's middlemen may have confirmed earlier tip-offs as to his whereabouts. Read the...

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