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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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Hackers Hijack Twitter to Avenge ISIS Drone Strike, Expose U.S. Prisoner Calls, and Attack Spotify Listeners

November 16, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: 70 Million U.S. Prisoner Calls Breached Someone leaked the media the records of calls placed by inmates in at least 37 states and downloadable recordings of many calls. The material was taken from...

Clinton Says US Should Spend Whatever It Takes to Scrutinize Incoming Syrian Refugees

November 16, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Following Friday's Paris attacks, Presidential contender Hillary Clinton said the U.S. country should admit 65,000 Syrian refugees, as long they undergo the most careful background checks imaginable. In September, President Barack Obama decided to allow 10,000 individuals fleeing Bashar al-Assad's regime into the country, up from fewer than 2,000 this...

Lawmakers Demand US Military Carry Out Pretend Cyber War Against China, Russia

November 14, 2015 It's 2020 and Russian forces are seizing the Arctic, partly by hacking the FedEx networks that handle shipping orders for U.S. troops. Not a far cry from reality, if one’s been following Defense Department warnings that cyberspace will be a part of any future war. And apparently, some U.S. lawmakers...

Cyber ‘War Games’ against China, Iran and North Korea Set for 2016

November 12, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's 2020 and Russian forces are seizing the Arctic, partly by hacking the FedEx networks that handle shipping orders for U.S. troops. Not a far cry from reality, if one’s been following Defense Department warnings that cyberspace will be a part of any future war. And apparently, some U.S. lawmakers...

Congress Orders $200M Antivirus Scan for the Pentagon's Major Weapons

November 12, 2015 President Barack Obama is set to sign a defense bill ordering the Pentagon to probe every major weapon system for hacker entryways. Among many passages dedicated to cybersecurity in the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act is a section on evaluating cyber vulnerabilities in weaponry. The Defense Department must update lawmakers...

Congress Demands $200 Million Antivirus Scan of Connected Weapons

November 11, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Barack Obama is set to sign a defense bill ordering the Pentagon to probe every major weapon system for hacker entryways. Among many passages dedicated to cybersecurity in the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act is a section on evaluating cyber vulnerabilities in weaponry. The Defense Department must update lawmakers...

OPM Hunting for Second New Cyber Official Since the Big Hack

November 10, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After suffering the largest known U.S. government breach of personal information, the Office of Personnel Management is on the hunt for a new cybersecurity chief. The position, revealed on the federal government's job search site, marks the second new OPM information security role created since the agency disclosed the hack...

You Only Need One Password to Access the Allegedly Hacked Law Enforcement Databases

November 9, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. government recently lassoed together a bunch of intelligence streams inside an FBI website now implicated in an alleged hack of arrest records, personnel data and other confidential material. The goal of the revamp was to accelerate information sharing among authorized national security personnel, but the new arrangement may...

Hackers Threaten Berkeley H.S. African Americans, Adjust College Applicants’ Class Rankings, and Swipe Michigan Casino Customers' Cards

November 9, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Tirade Posted on Hacked Berkeley High Computer Threatened African Americans The offender overrode protections on a computer in the school library, and according to one observer, “changed the homepage to reflect a racist...

UPDATED: Teens Who Hacked CIA Chief’s AOL Email Now Allege Breaching FBI Systems

November 6, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated with a response from the FBI. Teenagers bent on embarrassing U.S. government officials claim to have broken into several federal systems, as well as obtained private contact details for thousands of law enforcement and military employees. Last month, the same group took responsibility for hacking...