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Aliya Sternstein

Senior Correspondent Aliya Sternstein reports on cybersecurity and homeland security systems for Nextgov. She has covered technology for nine years at such publications as National Journal's TechnologyDaily, Federal Computer Week and Forbes. Before joining Government Executive, she covered agriculture and derivatives trading for Congressional Quarterly. She has been a guest commentator on C-SPAN, WTOP and Federal News Radio. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
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Greenpeace Spy Blimp Spies on NSA Spy Center

June 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A diverse array of special-interest groups Friday launched a 135-foot-long surveillance airship over a colossal National Security Agency Utah supercomputer center to protest what they say is unlawful government surveillance. Electronic Frontier Foundation activist Parker Higgins, who helped organize the spectacle, tweeted an eagle-eye view of the facilities, with the ...

Hackers Say ‘Yo, Musk,’ Poison AskMen.com, Cause iPhone Heartbleed Failure

June 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: AskMen.com reroutes readers to malware-laced site Hackers compromised the homepage of the widely read Ziff Davis publication to redirect visitors to other domains that deliver “Caphaw” malicious code, which can overtake a victim’s ...

US and Germany Face Off on Soccer and Spying

June 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hours before kickoff at the much-anticipated U.S. vs. Germany World Cup game, the two countries held what was planned as a friendly match to hash out cyber matters. The U.S.-Germany Cyber Bilateral Meeting in Berlin wrapped up around 5 p.m. German time (11 a.m. EDT), according to the State Department's ...

Disputed $103 Million DHS Employee Smartcard Project Falls Behind

June 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Protests by rivals HP and XTec have put on hold for more than eight months a Department of Homeland Security employee badge project intended to provide futuristic biometric identification features, such as iris recognition. Since an initial contract award in September 2013, the $103 million job has gone back and ...

Navy and DISA Test Over-the-Air CAC Activation of Smartphones

June 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Navy and Defense Information Systems Agency have begun testing software that transmits employees' credentials to popular brand smartphones to verify they are military members, according to a U.S. Marine Corps communications chief. This transaction could cost-effectively solve a major hang-up in equipping the national security workforce with commercial mobile ...

Lockheed Clinches $82.5 Million Sole-Source Cyber Range Deal

June 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A defensewide system that simulates hacks is reliant on Lockheed Martin's trade secrets and expertise, Pentagon officials said in a redacted justification for awarding an $82.5 million to develop and manage the so-called cyber range. In May, officials said they were awarding Lockheed a $14 million, 5-year contract to operate ...

Hackers Rewrite Yearbooks, Enter UK Intranet, and Grab SSNs to Jailbreak AT&T Phones

June 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Code-hosting firm closes shop after hacker deletes Amazon cloud data – and backups Code Spaces said the cost of attempting to resolve the attack and the expected cost of refunding customers will cause ...

Feds Poised to Revamp FBI.gov

June 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In early July, the Federal Bureau of Investigation plans to invite small businesses to compete for the job of managing its public-facing website. The task likely will require protecting the site from hacktivists who in the past have knocked it offline to protest alleged government overreach. In 2012, for instance, ...

U.S. Marshals Accidentally Reveal Email Addresses of Potential Bitcoin Buyers

June 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A government worker hit Cc instead of Bcc while inputting email addresses of people who had asked questions about the sale of 30,000 bitcoins confiscated from the now-defunct Silk Road black market. The recipients were supposed to receive an FAQ, not see a list of potential competitors in the public ...

Nation State-sponsored Attackers Hacked Two Airports, Report Says

June 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A prolonged operation to spy on aviation systems at 75 U.S. airports was caught by the cooperation of the federal government, a state information-sharing organization and industry, but not before claiming at least two victims, according to a new report. The campaign was discovered in 2013. The federal government notified ...