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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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JPMorgan Says Government Purchase Cards Not Affected by Hack

October 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At least one segment of the population appears immune from the JPMorgan data breach that hit 76 million households this summer: federal cardholders. The hackers who compromised a cache of names, phone numbers, and home and email addresses did not see contact information for the 500,000 government employees who use ...

How Should the Government Respond to JPMorgan Hack?

October 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If a nation state turns out to be responsible for the JPMorgan hack, the government should respond, the nation's former top law enforcement official said. A summer cyber strike on the bank's network exposed the names, addresses and emails of 76 million households and 7 small businesses. Former Attorney General ...

FBI’s Most Wanted Hackers: A Bingo Buff, Chinese Military Members and a PI for the Brokenhearted

October 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Five Chinese nationals, a bingo player and the mastermind of a spyware service for abandoned lovers were some of the fugitives spotlighted on the FBI’s Cyber's Most Wanted list, in recognition of October's Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The FBI has put a collective $445,000 bounty on the heads of some of ...

DHS: Attackers Hacked Critical Manufacturing Firm For Months

October 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An unnamed manufacturing firm vital to the U.S. economy recently suffered a prolonged hack, the Department of Homeland Security has disclosed. The event was complicated by the fact that the company had undergone corporate acquisitions, which introduced more network connections, and consequently a wider attack surface. The firm had more ...

Hackers Cause Schizophrenia, Eavesdrop on Yahoo in China, and Hijack Unemployed People

October 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Craiglist Posts Poisonous Employment Ads Bad guys are driving job seekers on Craigslist to a malicious online form that can hijack their computers. Patient Records Erroneously Diagnose Woman with Schizophrenia after ID Breach ...

CDC Tracks Cell Phone Location Data to Halt Ebola

October 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking the approximate locations of cell phone users in West Africa who dial emergency call centers in an effort to predict the onset and spread of Ebola outbreaks. “The data is just the number of calls by cell tower, but from that ...

Should We Put Robots in Charge of Cybersecurity?

October 7, 2014 The theme of October’s National Cybersecurity Awareness month, for half a decade has been "cybersecurity is a shared responsibility” -- but should it be? We're more aware than ever of the risks to logging online, with big-box store hacks, intelligence leaks and bank infiltrations regularly chronicled in the media. And ...

Do We Really Need More Cyber Awareness or Should We Put the Robots in Charge?

October 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The theme of October’s National Cybersecurity Awareness month for half a decade has been "cybersecurity is a shared responsibility” -- but should it be? We're more aware than ever of the risks to logging online, with big-box store hacks, intelligence leaks and bank infiltrations regularly chronicled in the media. And ...

Yes, Sunbathers, That's a Government-Commissioned Drone Above You

October 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Coast Guard wants to acquire small drones for spotting missing boaters and other distressed oceangoers. Hopefully, not cruise passengers catching some rays. The small unmanned aircraft systems, or SUAS, would weigh at most 35 pounds, Coast Guard officials say. A new solicitation for demonstrations does not specify the length ...

Should Feds Be Afraid of a Popular Chinese Chat App?

October 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Even as trendy voice and text-messaging app WeChat, owned by China-based firm Tencent, has gained in popularity, the app is dogged by allegations it serves as an instrument of industrial espionage, according to U.S. technical experts. A large number of Chinese Americans in California, including U.S. government contractors, use the ...