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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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Watchdog: VA Teleworkers Breached Security in China and India

April 15, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Department of Veterans Affairs allowed contractors to access the agency’s network using personally owned laptops while traveling abroad in China and India, according to a federal inspector. In one instance, a Chinese-born Teksystems contract employee worked on an unencrypted U.S.-bought computer that did not carry VA-sanctioned security software or ...

Pentagon: US Cyber Reserve Is in the Works

April 14, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon is prepared to draft thousands of private sector and National Guard cyber pros in the event of a network emergency affecting American lives, a top U.S. military official said Tuesday. The “surge forces” will be trained by the Defense Department and help defend the energy sector, telecommunications and ...

The Pentagon's Cartographers Won't Be Robots Anytime Soon

April 14, 2015 Around the time the computer game "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?" was teaching Generation Y about geography, grown-up versions of geography software had analysts at spy map agencies a little concerned about job security. Back then, Defense Intelligence Agency imagery analyst Robert Cardillo and his colleagues thought visualization ...

US and Ukraine Top List of Cyber Spy Victims

April 14, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The United States and Ukraine bore the brunt of identifiable cyber espionage attacks over the past year, according to data compiled by Verizon, with international industry and government input. The two countries were the targets of a combined 40 percent of cyberspy assaults on governments, based on statistics provided to ...

Can Facial Recognition Technology Help US Spies Predict China's Next Island?

April 13, 2015 Technology akin to facial recognition is helping U.S. spies predict where the next mysterious man-made isle will appear in the South China Sea. For months, the Chinese have been "dredging up sand and they are building these islands" to mark their territory and, "over time, our ability to kind of ...

Bionic Eyes Are No Match for the Curiosity of Pentagon Cartographers

April 13, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Around the time the computer game "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?" was teaching Generation Y about geography, grown-up versions of geography software had analysts at spy map agencies a little concerned about job security. Back then, Defense Intelligence Agency imagery analyst Robert Cardillo and his colleagues thought visualization ...

How Facial Recognition Technology Is Unearthing China's Artificial Islands

April 12, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Technology akin to facial recognition is helping U.S. spies predict where the next mysterious man-made isle will appear in the South China Sea. For months, the Chinese have been "dredging up sand and they are building these islands" to mark their territory and, "over time, our ability to kind of ...

Hackers Cripple Global French-Language Broadcaster, Hit Linux Event Participants and Run Up Hospital Bills

April 10, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Pro-ISIS Hacktivists Take Over French-language TV Global television network TV5Monde was virtually disabled for hours after Islamic State sympathizers hijacked and defaced the company's 11 channels, websites and social media accounts. The attack ...

After White House Hack, State Incidentally Offered Spearphishing Training

April 10, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After a White House hack that reportedly was instigated by a malicious email from a compromised State Department account, State in March held a phishing email workshop. All federal security employees were invited to participate in the 90-minute online training session. But no one from the White House watched. Attackers, ...

The Dot-Gov Rejects: The 1,000 Government Websites Shuttered Over Past 10 Years

April 8, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Below are some of the standouts among the more than 1,000 website names the government scratched sometime over the past 10 years. The domains each existed at one point between 2004 and 2014. Click here for a full list of shuttered domains. Collaborators at the government transparency website MuckRock retrieved ...