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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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'Data Guardians' Now On Watch After Hack at Medicare Agency

May 23, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last summer, deceptive emails began targeting employees at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, according to the agency. The messages were crafted to look like official business, but they actually were from attackers seeking agency passwords. The influx of "spearphishing" emails spiked in June and July. CMS quickly grasped...

Hackers Steal from Bank to Give to Poor ISIS Fighters, Send Junior High Classmates Porn, Expose N.M. DWI Patients

May 23, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches Robin Hood Hacker Donates Stolen Bitcoin to ISIS Fighters A hacktivist has sent $10,000 worth of allegedly stolen virtual currency (25 bitcoins) to Rojava, an autonomous region in northern Syria the hacker describes...

Senior Democrat Wants Answers on Cyber Heist Targeting Central Banks

May 19, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A top Senate Democrat is probing the response to recent hack attacks against a global interbank transaction network that some institutions fear could compromise the U.S. financial system. On Thursday, Reuters reported that a Bangladeshi central bank official's hacked computer was the source of fraudulent transactions at the U.S. Federal...

Here’s How One Navy IT Team Is Teaching Sailors the Risks of Social Media

May 18, 2016 Islamic State uses it to compile lists of military members it wants followers to attack. Child predators use it to befriend potential victims. But most people just use it to update friends and family about the latest vacation or career move. Public social media is a potential safety threat to...

Here’s How One Navy IT Team Is Teaching Sailors the Risks of Social Media

May 18, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Islamic State uses it to compile lists of military members it wants followers to attack. Child predators use it to befriend potential victims. Most people just use it to update friends and family about the latest vacation or career move. Public social media is a potential safety threat to civilians...

Audit Finds 'Hostile Probes,' Breaches of Weather Satellite System

May 18, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Updated: This story was updated with comment from a NOAA spokesman. The nation's weather satellite program over the course of a year suffered 10 data security incidents, including unauthorized access and probes by adversaries, according to a congressional auditor. The $11.3 billion Joint Polar Satellite System is set to launch...

Feds Finalize Basic Cyber Hygiene Rules for Contractor Systems

May 16, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Long-awaited rules to guard contractor systems containing nonpublic government data against hackers have been finalized. Federal officials describe the regulations as one step in a series of cybersecurity regulatory actions for civilian and defense suppliers. But some industry members say the marching orders are not in lockstep. In a reversal...

Hackers Rape Car Dealership Customer, Change 'Game of Thrones' Dialogue on Reddit; Gitmo Accidentally Leaks Classified Intel

May 16, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches. Woman Alleges Rapist Tracked Her Down Through Car Dealership Database Karen Sommers has filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court that contends, in 2005, Travis Dewayne Batten, a mechanic for Fletcher Jones...

FDIC Calls ‘Major’ Data Breaches Accidental

May 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There is a difference of opinion within the federal government about what counts as a "major" data breach. The debate over the breadth and depth of the adjective is more than semantic. The failure of an agency to classify a cyberincident as a "major" one could stall reporting of the...

New Homeland Security Alert Warns of SAP Program Vulnerabilities

May 12, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department is warning that an error in widely used office software is yielding hackers free rein access to networks. The product maker, SAP, notified customers of a fix years ago, but organizations that have been hacked as recently as this year, did not update their software, according...

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