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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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The State Department's Reluctance To Disclose Hacking Unsettles Lawmakers

November 18, 2014 After a hack on State Department networks detected at least a month ago but only revealed yesterday, U.S. officials aren't sharing much information about the potential ramifications for the agency and its employees. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are demanding answers. State’s silence is somewhat at odds with ...

Is State’s Reluctance to Disclose Hack a Double Standard?

November 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After a hack on State Department networks detected at least a month ago but only revealed yesterday, U.S. officials aren't sharing much information about the potential ramifications for the agency and its employees. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are demanding answers. State’s silence is somewhat at odds with ...

Hackers Study YouTube, Scribble on Cops’ Website, and Preview ‘Avengers’

November 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: HP Goofs, Sends Its Employees’ Personal Data to Unknown Party Payroll information on 1,000 personnel at a technology maintenance division of HP was emailed to a third party Oct. 6. S. Korean Freshman ...

State Department and White House Networks Hacked at the Same Time

November 16, 2014 The State Department's unclassified email system was compromised in recent weeks, at the same time as a White House network, and officials took the State system offline Friday, according to department officials. The maintenance has disrupted email traffic of State employees and the ability to access public websites, a senior ...

State Department Hacked at Same Time as White House

November 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The State Department's unclassified email system was compromised in recent weeks, at the same time as a White House network, and officials took the State system offline Friday, according to department officials. The maintenance has disrupted email traffic of State employees and the ability to access public websites, a senior ...

After Hack, NOAA Still Plans to Buy Supercomputers from IBM Unit Sold to Chinese Firm

November 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A weather agency allegedly hacked by China intends to continue with plans for using forecasting computers provided by an IBM unit recently sold to a Chinese company. Lawmakers are voicing concerns about the contract, after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday acknowledged attackers breached prediction and satellite systems. ...

DHS Drafts Blueprints for Self-Repairing Networks as Hacks Mount

November 12, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Department of Homeland Security is working with industry to automate cyber defenses inside the government, which will ensure operations continue during and after hack attacks, DHS officials said Wednesday. Enterprise Automated Security Environment, or EASE, could give rise to something like a self-repairing network, Philip Quade, chief operating officer ...

Keystone State Aims to Kill the Password

November 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Pennsylvania is letting residents renew driver’s licenses, apply for state benefits and potentially even charge pizza pies online without divulging personal information or creating a new password. They are encouraged to reuse passwords across multiple accounts. Typically, that’s a big no-no. Recycling passwords can compromise all your accounts, if that ...

Privacy Negotiator

November 11, 2014 In 2011, Government Executive spotlighted a handful of emerging leaders, including Ari Schwartz, the first-ever National Institute for Standards and Technology Internet policy adviser, who hailed from the privacy activism world. He went on to advise three Commerce Department secretaries on developing voluntary cyber standards in accordance with a landmark ...

Postal Employees, You've Been Hacked. What Now?

November 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. Postal Service and Postal Regulatory Commission employees face the risk of identity theft, following a hack of USPS personnel files, federal officials said Monday. Employees will receive one year of free credit monitoring. Special assistance also is available through the Human Resources Shared Services Center, Postal Service officials said. ...