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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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Lockheed Clinches $82.5 Million Sole-Source Cyber Range Deal

June 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A defensewide system that simulates hacks is reliant on Lockheed Martin's trade secrets and expertise, Pentagon officials said in a redacted justification for awarding an $82.5 million to develop and manage the so-called cyber range. In May, officials said they were awarding Lockheed a $14 million, 5-year contract to operate ...

Hackers Rewrite Yearbooks, Enter UK Intranet, and Grab SSNs to Jailbreak AT&T Phones

June 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Code-hosting firm closes shop after hacker deletes Amazon cloud data – and backups Code Spaces said the cost of attempting to resolve the attack and the expected cost of refunding customers will cause ...

Feds Poised to Revamp FBI.gov

June 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In early July, the Federal Bureau of Investigation plans to invite small businesses to compete for the job of managing its public-facing website. The task likely will require protecting the site from hacktivists who in the past have knocked it offline to protest alleged government overreach. In 2012, for instance, ...

U.S. Marshals Accidentally Reveal Email Addresses of Potential Bitcoin Buyers

June 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A government worker hit Cc instead of Bcc while inputting email addresses of people who had asked questions about the sale of 30,000 bitcoins confiscated from the now-defunct Silk Road black market. The recipients were supposed to receive an FAQ, not see a list of potential competitors in the public ...

Nation State-sponsored Attackers Hacked Two Airports, Report Says

June 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A prolonged operation to spy on aviation systems at 75 U.S. airports was caught by the cooperation of the federal government, a state information-sharing organization and industry, but not before claiming at least two victims, according to a new report. The campaign was discovered in 2013. The federal government notified ...

Here’s What Cyberspace Looks Like

June 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Several federal agencies are in the early stages of mapping out a realm that has no geography, in hopes of preempting breaches and successfully hacking adversaries. Much-hyped technologies such as Google's newly-acquired Skybox satellites, Oculus Rift virtual reality headgear and just-announced Esri cyber-geospatial software are expected to aid the endeavor. ...

FBI Orders 26,500 Licenses for Software to Guard Samsung Galaxy S5s

June 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The FBI on Monday opened up bidding for a contract to supply the feds with a year's worth of the latest Samsung Knox security software suited for Galaxy S5 smartphones, and possibly other Samsung mobile devices. Version 2.0 of the software, which fences off personal data from work data, became ...

The FBI Is Getting Its Own, Personal 3D Printer for Studying Bombs

June 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At least one lucky G-Man will get to toy around with a 3D printer to study homemade explosives. The bureau needs one order of a Stratasys Objet24 Personal 3D Printer "to support the advanced technical exploitation of evolving and existing high technology explosive devices," new federal contracting papers state. Retail ...

Hackers Hit Tweetdeck, Eat Chinese Food and Expose an STD

June 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Patient with STD sues hospital for posting her health records on Facebook The lawsuit against UC Medical Center contains a screenshot of the Cincinnati woman's medical records, showing all of her personal information, ...

An Extra 14 Percent Keeps Cyber Pros at State -- Just Don't Call It a Bonus

June 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's hard to lure hacker fighters from the lucrative private sector to the government, but once they join the State Department, they typically stay, a top department cyber official says. Dangling cash incentives helps. "At the State Department, the good news is when we get good people we can generally ...