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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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The Pentagon Wants to ‘Fingerprint’ the World’s Hackers

May 4, 2016 Pentagon researchers by early 2018 expect to solve a problem that, so far, has often prevented law enforcement and hack victims from identifying cybercriminals with confidence. Through the "Enhanced Attribution Program," not only will the government be able to characterize the attacker, but also share the attacker's modus operandi with...

The Military Is Building an Engine to Uncover the Humans Behind Hacks

May 3, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Pentagon researchers by early 2018 expect to solve a problem that, so far, has often prevented law enforcement and hack victims from identifying cybercriminals with confidence. Through the "Enhanced Attribution Program," not only will the government be able to characterize the attacker, but also share the attacker's modus operandi with...

Feds Have Found ‘Unbelievable’ Amounts of Child Porn on National Security Computers. Is This the Solution?

May 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A top National Security Agency official wants to keep tabs on national security personnel off-the-clock, in part by tracking their online habits at home. The aim is to spot behavior that might not be in America's best interests. Historically, some illicit activity, like downloading child pornography, has occurred on government...

What’s Your ‘Insider Threat Score?’ It Could Determine If You Keep Your Clearance

May 2, 2016 Your eligibility to perform secret government work could one day be decided by a number that looks like a credit score, and factors in your social media activities. According to the head of the new U.S. security clearance agency, the idea is to regularly vet individuals with access to classified...

Hackers Spy on US Steel from China, Steal from Facebook Server, and Fiddle with Global Financial System

May 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches U.S. Steel Blames Chinese Military Hackers for Stealing Trade Secrets The company, in a complaint filed April 26 with the International Trade Commission, said a computer belonging to a Pittsburgh researcher was hacked...

What’s Your ‘Insider Threat Score?’ It Could Determine If You Keep Your Clearance

April 29, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Your eligibility to perform secret government work could one day be decided by a number that looks like a credit score, and factors in your social media activities. According to the head of the new U.S. security clearance agency, the idea is to regularly vet individuals with access to classified...

DHS to Tap Silicon Valley for Doggie Fitbits, Facial Recognition Tech

April 28, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tomorrow, Menlo Park-area techies and investors will meet with Homeland Security Department personnel for an interactive lesson in U.S. Customs and Border Protection 101. It’s the latest DHS effort to draw Silicon Valley brainpower and technology into a department that, like much of the federal government, is facing technical difficulties....

When Will We Ever Learn? 92 Percent of Hacks Detected Months After the Fact

April 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hackers now find their bounty within seconds, while their victims take longer than ever before to discover uninvited company in their computers, according to new data from Verizon, the U.S. government and investigators worldwide. As if that statistic isn’t disturbing enough, 92 percent of all data breaches are detected by...

My Bad! Employee Slipups Lead to More Government Hacks Than Cyber Espionage

April 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Governments in 2015 suffered more data breaches by goofing up and losing stuff, than by succumbing to the wiles of cyberspies. That is the finding of security analysts from Verizon, the Homeland Security Department, the Pentagon and dozens of other public and private sector organizations in a report published today....

Committee Fears International Cyber Deal’s Impact on Pentagon

April 25, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House lawmakers say an export controls pact that restricts hacking tools could actually compromise U.S. weapons systems. The Pentagon would have to report to Congress on how the agreement will impact the Defense Department and its allies, under legislation passed by the Armed Services Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee. The...

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