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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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Federal Computers Could Be Infected By Invisible Malware

August 5, 2014 A surge of malicious software hit news media websites during the first half of 2014, unleashing a threat to federal agencies that rely on those sites to get information, cybersecurity researchers say. Media networks were almost four times as likely to attract malware as the average enterprise network, likely because ...

Invisible Web Infection Poses Threat to Federal Computers

August 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A surge of malicious software hit news media websites during the first half of 2014, unleashing a threat to federal agencies that rely on those sites to get information, cybersecurity researchers say. Media networks were almost four times as likely to attract malware as the average enterprise network, likely because ...

Getting on a U.S. Military Base Will Now Include an FBI Background Check

August 4, 2014 Members of the defense community, starting this Friday, automatically will be screened against the FBI's criminal database when they try enter military installations and pulled aside if the system shows an arrest, felony or outstanding warrant. The new Defense Department tool is part of a larger, governmentwide effort to continuously ...

Getting on Military Bases Is About to Involve FBI Background Checks

August 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Members of the defense community, starting this Friday, automatically will be screened against the FBI's criminal database when they try enter military installations and pulled aside if the system shows an arrest, felony or outstanding warrant. The new Defense Department tool is part of a larger, governmentwide effort to continuously ...

Hackers Take Aim at Hong Kong, Kenya and the Philippines

August 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Pro-democracy donor hacked in Hong Kong Media baron Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, publisher of the forthright Apple Daily and Next magazines, allegedly was the target of cyberspies. After arrest, crooks claim hospital’s laptop is ...

Robots Will Help ID Malaysia Airlines Victims

July 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Netherlands, long a world leader in forensics, is now tasked with identifying 193 of its own citizens, who perished in the MH17 crash, and will rely on a robotic system to do so quickly. It is somewhat fortunate the nation hurt most by the tragedy is at the cutting ...

Terror Victims Can’t Seize Iranian and Syrian Web Addresses

July 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The global body that regulates Web addresses has moved to block an effort by U.S. terrorism victims to collect on civil damages by seizing country-specific IP addresses for Iran, Syria and North Korea. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers told the federal court for the District of Columbia ...

After Delays, USCIS Sets New Deadline for Digital Immigration Records

July 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Computerizing casework at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is a major difficulty and will be a key priority going forward, new USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez said Tuesday in his first congressional appearance. Since 2008, the agency has unsuccessfully attempted to digitize the paper folders personnel currently use for evaluating the ...

British Activist Lauri Love Accused of Hacking Deltek

July 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lauri Love, an alleged British hacktivist accused of numerous U.S. agency hacks, has been charged with stealing sensitive data on government contractors from Deltek, a federal market research firm. The breach was disclosed in April, but the identity of the suspect had not been released until now. The Herndon, Virginia-based ...

Hacker Breached NOAA Satellite Data from Contractor’s PC

July 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite data was stolen from a contractor's personal computer last year, but the agency could not investigate the incident because the employee refused to turn over the PC, according to a new inspector general report. This is but one of the “significant security deficiencies” that ...