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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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Spy Researchers Take on Biometric ID Hackers

March 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With Americans increasingly using fingerprint recognition to secure everything from smartphones to U.S. borders, impostors are inventing some pretty creative ways to fake out biometric readers. Now, the spy community is fighting back. A 4-year project just launched to develop artificial intelligence that should automatically detect spoofed fingertips, facial images...

White House Says Agencies Reported 77,200 Cyber Incidents in 2015

March 21, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The annual performance review for agency information security is in and, while it does not mention there were big breaches this year, the scores reflect an executive branch in need of a significant IT tune-up. During fiscal 2015, federal departments collectively reported 77,183 cybersecurity incidents, a 10 percent uptick from...

DHS Calls Over-Cost Delayed Immigration Casework System a ‘Turnaround Story’

March 21, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly attributed statements to a USCIS spokesman. In fact, they should be attributed to USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez. The story has been corrected. The Department of Homeland Security insists plans for a $3.1 billion system to digitize immigration casework are on track, despite...

Hackers Expose Trump, Run License Plate Numbers for Friends, and Post ISIS ‘Kill List’ Detailing Cops

March 21, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Hacktivists Expose Trump...Sort Of After the hacker activist collective Anonymous threatened to declare "total war" on GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, it leaked two numbers. One is an alleged SSN and the other...

Pentagon Mapmakers Are Using Social Media to Chart Syrians' Exodus

March 20, 2016 Streams of Facebook, Instagram, and other social media posts shared by smartphone-toting children and families at border crossings are providing U.S. intelligence analysts with a real-time map of the Syrian exodus. It's not picture perfect, but it fills in gaps for the nation's spy cartographers, a top Defense Department official...

US Spy Map Agency Charts Syrian Exodus Using Social Media

March 18, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Streams of Facebook, Instagram and other social media posts shared by smartphone-toting children and families at border crossings are providing U.S. intelligence analysts with a real-time map of the Syrian exodus. It's not picture perfect, but it fills in gaps for the nation's spy cartographers, a top Defense Department official...

Immigration Agency Spars with Inspector over Failed $3.1B Digital System

March 18, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Department of Homeland Security official has not only dismissed an internal investigator’s recommendations to fix a failed $3.1 billion effort to computerize immigration files, but also denies there is a problem. The Transformation program will cost 480 percent more than the $536 million budgeted in 2005 and still will...

CYBERCOM to Congress: We Need a Bigger Budget

March 17, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Republican challenged the head of U.S. Cyber Command to explain why the force’s proposed budget would rise next year, with trillion-dollar deficits coming back. CYBERCOM, tasked with coordinating cyberattacks and defending critical U.S. networks, has requested slightly more than $500 million for fiscal 2017, a 9 percent increase over...

Is The Government Getting Stingier With Cyber Threat Data?

March 16, 2016 The top cybersecurity official at one of the country's foremost scientific institutions says the federal government is too secretive about the threat tips it shares. Virginia Tech is no stranger to hackers. Randy Marchany, the school's chief information security officer, says he assumes the attackers are already inside the networks....

Researcher Says Government Cyberthreat Sharing Too Secretive

March 16, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The top cybersecurity official at one of the country's foremost scientific institutions says the federal government is too secretive about the threat tips it shares. Virginia Tech is no stranger to hackers. Randy Marchany, the school's chief information security officer, says he assumes the attackers are already inside its networks....