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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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Russia’s Troll Army Is Making Life Harder for US Spies

August 17, 2015 When Facebook posts and tweets blamed Ukrainian rebels for downing a Malaysian jet there last year, U.S. spies studied social media trend lines to gauge public opinion of the Kiev-Moscow conflict. The number of Facebook "likes”; statistics on retweets and "favorited” tweets; and other social media analytics told one story....

US Intelligence Community Keys in on the Russian ‘Troll Army’ Manipulating Social Media

August 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Facebook posts and tweets blamed Ukrainian rebels for downing a Malaysian jet there last year, U.S. spies studied social media trend lines to gauge public opinion of the Kiev-Moscow conflict. The number of Facebook "likes”; statistics on retweets and "favorited” tweets; and other social media analytics told one story....

Hackers Get Wall Street Tipoffs, Spy on UVA Employees and Harass Librarians

August 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: University of Virginia Hacked in Suspected Chinese Espionage Case The data breach allegedly targeted the email accounts of two employees whose work is connected to China. UVA on Aug. 14 disclosed the incident...

White House and India Consider Counterhack Measures in Foggy Bottom

August 14, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Top Obama administration and Indian government leaders met at the State Department this week to hash out issues concerning global information security. The 2015 U.S.-India Cyber Dialogue, which occurred Aug. 11-12, covered matters including efforts to crack down on cyber criminals, ways to enhance the sharing of threat alerts, and...

Does the US Need a 'See Something, Say Something" Campaign for Cyber?

August 13, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government must play team leader in upping the country's cybersecurity game, according to a new study. Specifically, Alan Webber, IDC Government Insights research director for global public safety and national security, recommends the government look to Israel's model of security. The government instills in Israelis an awareness of...

Common Malware Jimmied Open White House and Anthem Systems, Say Researchers

August 13, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Malicious code Russians reportedly used to jimmy open a White House network and malware Chinese hackers reportedly used to rupture insurer Anthem's network were similar -- and free, according to new research. The worms also were delivered the same way, via phishing emails that looked legitimate, but actually baited recipients...

White House Details Draft Contractor Data Breach Rules

August 11, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies could have a template for data breach contract clauses as early as this fall, according to a detailed draft policy. Until now, federal standards, White House polices and governmentwide information security laws have offered departments and contractors a jumble of information security regulations from which to choose. The new...

Obama Asks for 72 Percent Raise in IRS Cyber Funding to Combat ID Thieves

August 11, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. A flood of cybersecurity funding could rush into the Internal Revenue Service in fiscal 2016 -- under an updated budget document from the White House that includes a 72 percent raise in information security dollars. Following raids on taxpayer coffers by identity thieves, the Obama...

How Uber Could Help Change Spycraft

August 10, 2015 The intelligence community this month quietly released an unprecedented, unclassified five-year-roadmap charting the future of data analysis it wants commercial startups like ride-sharing firm Uber to read. The chart, part of a larger science and technology strategy, is aimed at encouraging unconventional makers like the car service app-developer and traditional...

How Uber Could Contribute to the Future of Spycraft

August 10, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The intelligence community this month quietly released an unprecedented, unclassified five-year-roadmap charting the future of data analysis it wants commercial startups like ride-sharing firm Uber to read. The chart, part of a larger science and technology strategy, is aimed at encouraging unconventional makers like the car service app-developer and traditional...