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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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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 ...

Here’s What Cyberspace Looks Like

June 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Several federal agencies are in the early stages of mapping out a realm that has no geography, in hopes of preempting breaches and successfully hacking adversaries. Much-hyped technologies such as Google's newly-acquired Skybox satellites, Oculus Rift virtual reality headgear and just-announced Esri cyber-geospatial software are expected to aid the endeavor. ...

FBI Orders 26,500 Licenses for Software to Guard Samsung Galaxy S5s

June 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The FBI on Monday opened up bidding for a contract to supply the feds with a year's worth of the latest Samsung Knox security software suited for Galaxy S5 smartphones, and possibly other Samsung mobile devices. Version 2.0 of the software, which fences off personal data from work data, became ...

The FBI Is Getting Its Own, Personal 3D Printer for Studying Bombs

June 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At least one lucky G-Man will get to toy around with a 3D printer to study homemade explosives. The bureau needs one order of a Stratasys Objet24 Personal 3D Printer "to support the advanced technical exploitation of evolving and existing high technology explosive devices," new federal contracting papers state. Retail ...

Hackers Hit Tweetdeck, Eat Chinese Food and Expose an STD

June 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Patient with STD sues hospital for posting her health records on Facebook The lawsuit against UC Medical Center contains a screenshot of the Cincinnati woman's medical records, showing all of her personal information, ...

An Extra 14 Percent Keeps Cyber Pros at State -- Just Don't Call It a Bonus

June 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's hard to lure hacker fighters from the lucrative private sector to the government, but once they join the State Department, they typically stay, a top department cyber official says. Dangling cash incentives helps. "At the State Department, the good news is when we get good people we can generally ...

Fake Dot-Gov Webmail Used in Phishing Scam to Hack EPA and Census Staff

June 12, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Nigerian man has admitted to compromising the email accounts of federal employees to order agency office products that he then sold on the black market, according to newly filed court papers. Abiodun Adejohn and conspirators cheated government supply vendors out of almost $1 million worth of goods through the ...

CIA Live: Spy Agency Holds Public Summit

June 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the first public conference given by the CIA, the agency's head defended the practice of surveilling cyberspace for threats, but questioned the extent to which potent tracking capabilities should be applied. “If we are to understand the world we cover and to provide our policymakers with the intelligence that ...

Who Needs Heartbleed When Many Dot-Govs Don't Even Encrypt Communications?

June 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More than a quarter of federal websites are not properly configured with software to prevent intruders from intercepting data entered by citizens, according to a new study. Federal sites in general scored 10 percent lower than online banking services and social media networks at site security and server configuration, researchers ...

DEA Spy Unit Seeks to Hasten Surveillance Using IT

June 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Drug Enforcement Administration is drafting a potential contract for help with "rapid prototyping," data analysis and other information technology services within its special intelligence unit, according to federal databases. The office's current IT arrangement includes six separate operating environments with different classifications, and the chosen firm would be responsible ...