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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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TSA Wants Machines to Scan Through Your Coat, Shoes and Belt

February 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Airplane passengers could keep their shoes on as they breeze through security checks at a speed of 250 people per hour without waiting for screeners to probe a video screen, under a new Homeland Security Department plan for next-generation body imagers. The pods "will automatically detect the required threats with ...

Accepting Credit Card Payments Involves Risk -- Even If You're the Government

February 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Too many organizations are failing to protect customer data, as evidenced by the recent Target breach, and government offices aren't immune to the problem, according to a new report. Verizon, whose services include assessing payment card system security, found that 88.9 percent of its clients failed their baseline assessment. Although ...

Sham 'My Army Benefits' Site May Have Stolen Soldiers' Credentials

February 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. Military investigators are alerting members of the Army about an unofficial benefits site that purports to offer users unclaimed benefits and then bags their credentials. The “primary purpose” of the fake My Army Benefits site, according to officials, is to “collect soldiers' Army Knowledge Online ...

Hackers Erase Gay Russian Profiles, Hit Three Schools and Leak Psych Evals

February 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: 11 teens expelled in California grade tampering scandal A Corona del Mar High School principal failed for months to warn parents about a private tutor and his suspected involvement in a cheating scandal ...

75 Percent of DOD Contractors Upped IT Security After Snowden

February 6, 2014 Leaks of national secrets by former federal contractor Edward Snowden drove 75 percent of U.S. defense company executives to adjust information security procedures, mostly by increasing employee training and going on high alert for deviant behavior, according to a new study. The poll of information technology managers was conducted last ...

Why ICE Scrapped a Homemade Software Upgrade for Its Terrorist Watchlist

February 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An impossible requirement to update a clearinghouse of terrorist-tracking data with custom software factored into a decision to halt development last June, a top official at Immigration and Customs Enforcement said on Thursday. The Treasury Enforcement Communications System is the main Homeland Security Department database that Customs and Border Protection ...

75 Percent of Pentagon Contractors Adjusted Security After Snowden Leaks

February 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Leaks of national secrets by former federal contractor Edward Snowden drove 75 percent of U.S. defense company executives to adjust information security procedures, mostly by increasing employee training and going on high alert for deviant behavior, according to a new study. The poll of information technology managers was conducted last ...

The FBI Is in the Market for Malware

February 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal detectives want to buy viruses and other types of malicious software for assistance in cracking criminal cases, according to a "combined synopsis/solicitation for malware" published this week on the government's contracting database. The specific organization in need is the FBI Investigative Analysis Unit of the Operational Technology Division, a ...

Despite Spending $65 Billion on Cybersecurity, Agencies Neglect Basic Protections

February 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After spending at least $65 billion since 2006 to protect federal computers and networks from hackers, government agencies remain vulnerable, often because officials have neglected to perform basic security steps such as updating software, according to a report released Tuesday by a key Republican senator. The study cites lapses at ...

Hackers Hit Israeli Defense Ministry, Reprogram Angry Birds, Etc.

January 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Privacy hacktivists touch up Angry Birds after company reportedly flocked to NSA When reports surfaced that U.S. and British spies might have intercepted players’ personal data, hackers vandalized the website of the popular ...