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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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Attack on Energy lab computers was isolated and limited, officials say

April 22, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A recent cyberattack against the Energy Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory excised scientific, nonsensitive data from a collaborative work tool, according to lab officials. Federal law enforcement and intelligence officers, in coordination with Homeland Security Department officials, are analyzing the source of the so-called advanced persistent threat, which currently seems...

From Nextgov.com: Attack on Energy lab computers was limited, officials say

April 22, 2011 A recent cyberattack against the Energy Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory excised scientific, nonsensitive data from a collaborative work tool, according to lab officials. Read the whole story on Nextgov.com.

Data-Stealing Worm Penetrates Energy Lab

April 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An Energy Department lab that studies nuclear fusion, biotechnology and supercomputing reportedly was hit by a silent cyberattack earlier this month that has prompted officials at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to cutoff researchers' e-mail and Internet access. Jaikumar Vijayan at Computerworld wrote on Tuesday night that the systems should...

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....

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