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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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Hackers Endanger Refugees, Snap Selfies and Bug Expats

February 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Australian blunder exposes asylum seekers’ identities The country’s immigration department accidentally posted, on its website, a database containing family information and other details on 10,000 people – a third of all asylum seekers ...

DHS Wants Facial Recognition Border Surveillance System

February 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department is exploring technology that would use facial and iris recognition to track the departure of foreign visitors, according to contracting documents. “At land border exit[s], currently there are no biometrics captured resulting in an inability to accurately verify that a departing traveler matches a specific entry ...

DHS Taps Contractors to Continue Supplying Biometric IDs

February 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This article has been updated. The Homeland Security Department will extend for another year contracts with Deloitte and XTec for the production of biometric employee badges, while it reevaluates a $103 million award to HP for developing iris and facial recognition credentials. Last September, HP won a competition to enhance ...

Hackers Target VFW Website

February 18, 2014 Attackers slipped malicious code into the U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars’ website (vfw[.]org) through a previously-unknown bug in Internet Explorer 10 as part of cyberspy plot timed to the storm that swept up the East Coast Thursday, shutting down the federal government in Washington. Did you follow that? “We believe ...

Hackers Targeted Key U.S. Industries Through Compromised Websites

February 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department last year alerted dozens of critical infrastructure operators that attackers might have accessed their networks by tainting external websites that personnel had visited. The detail was disclosed in an annual summary of efforts undertaken by the DHS Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, which aids ...

Aliya Sternstein Answers Your Cybersecurity Questions on Twitter

February 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nextgov senior correspondent Aliya Sternstein joined public relations house Weber Shandwick for its #WSGlobalDef Tweet Chat on Friday to answer questions about the threats agencies face, the new cyber standards just released by the White House, fallout from Edward Snowden's leaks, why you need to worry about the security on ...

Hackers Target Veterans’ Site

February 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Attackers slipped malicious code into the U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars’ website (vfw[.]org) through a previously-unknown bug in Internet Explorer 10 as part of cyberspy plot timed to the storm that swept up the East Coast Thursday, shutting down the federal government in Washington. Did you follow that? “We believe ...

Hackers Mesmerize Investors, Bug Diplomats and Push Nepal’s President Offline

February 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Thousands of Barclays customer accounts leaked to rogue traders Confidential client files were stolen and sold to fraudulent brokers who then used the details to trick the unaware victims into investment scams. Homepage ...

DHS Hires Booz to Finish Cyberattack Drill Job

February 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department has decided to extend a contract for help on a biennial cyberattack drill with Booz Allen Hamilton. The roughly $400,000 follow-on runs from Feb. 6 through April 6, according to a Jan. 13 justification for not letting other firms bid on the upcoming work. Booz won ...

Lost Your CAC Card? Prove It, Says the Pentagon

February 12, 2014 Starting this spring, Pentagon personnel attempting to obtain replacement identification cards will be required to present documentation verifying theirs have been taken or misplaced, according to Defense Department officials. Showing proof of the need for a duplicate "common access card" currently is optional. “Beginning in late March [or] early April ...