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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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After Historic Hack, OPM Chief's 15-Point Plan May Be Too Little, Too Late

June 29, 2015 A cyber strategy announced last week by the head of the agency that hackers robbed of sensitive dossiers on federal employees has potential to deter future attacks, say private investigators who probe computer espionage campaigns. During multiple Capitol Hill appearances, Katherine Archuleta, director of the Office of Personnel Management, referenced...

Hackers Expose Narcotics Dealers, Dump Canadian Officials’ Credentials and Sell Patient Records for $3

June 29, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: WikiLeaks Saudi Cable Release Resembles Work of Iranian Hackers It seems Iranian hackers were responsible for stealing the 70,000 Saudi Arabia Foreign Ministry documents that recently popped up on the extreme-transparency website. The...

OPM Chief’s New Cyber Defense Operation Has Potential, Private Investigators Say

June 28, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A cyber strategy announced last week by the head of the agency that hackers robbed of sensitive dossiers on federal employees has potential to deter future attacks, say private investigators who probe computer espionage campaigns. During multiple Capitol Hill appearances, Katherine Archuleta, director of the Office of Personnel Management, referenced...

Hacked OPM and Background Check Contractors Lacked Logs, DHS Says

June 25, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Investigators say they do not know the extent of significant hacks inside the government and its background check contractors, because the Office of Personnel Management and the companies did not have sufficient computer logs. This is the reason so many questions remain, a year after data breaches were discovered at...

How Hackers Unlocked OPM Systems and 6 Other Things We Learned about the Breach

June 23, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Office of Personnel Management chief Katherine Archuleta wants you to know she is mad about the breach of personal identification data and background investigations on millions of federal employees. Just don’t blame OPM, she said. The hack at Archuleta’s agency is not the fault of computer security staff or a...

Signs of OPM Hack at Another Federal Agency Turn Out to Be Legitimate Files (UPDATED)

June 22, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Update June 25: The National Archives and Records Administration now says the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team has determined the indicators of compromise detected on agency workstations turned out to be legitimate files not associated with the OPM hack. The original story follows below with some altered language to account...

Hackers Infiltrate Anti-Surveillance Site, Crack Parts of LastPass and Phish in N.D.

June 22, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Microsoft Corp. Site Promoting Anti-Surveillance Policies Compromised Malicious advertisers, not spies, seem to be responsible for embedding links to casino-related webpages on the website. The site, “Digital Constitution,” which launched mid-2013 after revelations...

Senator Questions Whether Hacked OPM Rigged A Contract With ID Protection Vendor

June 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Virginia senator is calling on the Office of Personnel Management to possibly yank a deal with fraud protection company CSID, in light of questions about contract rigging and the firm's performance providing services to victims of one of the most severe hacks in U.S. history. Since June 8, CSID,...

OPM Breach Notification Frustrates Hacked Feds

June 19, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some victims of the massive hack of federal personnel records expressed fear their privacy might be violated by fraud protection services the government has outsourced to private companies. As a result, some say they are not enrolling for the free program, and at least one Washington-area senator, citing poor performance,...

This DHS Computer System Will Cost $2 Billion More than HealthCare.gov

June 18, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal auditors are blasting a decade-in-the-making government computer system that was supposed to simplify the immigration application process and improve national security. The so-called “Transformation Program” the Department of Homeland Security conceived in 2005 should have transformed paper-based transactions into online forms years ago. But because DHS has reversed course...