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Aliya Sternstein

Senior Correspondent Aliya Sternstein reports on cybersecurity and homeland security systems for Nextgov. She has covered technology for nine years at such publications as National Journal's TechnologyDaily, Federal Computer Week and Forbes. Before joining Government Executive, she covered agriculture and derivatives trading for Congressional Quarterly. She has been a guest commentator on C-SPAN, WTOP and Federal News Radio. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
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Do You Know Who Runs the Dot-Airforce Internet Domain?

May 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The growing number of domain name extensions, such as dot-airforce, might mean federal agencies run into more email phishing schemes, some brand reputation consultants say. Copycats recently generated a fake Thrift Savings Plan retirement fund website and sent Army members emails directing them to change their passwords as a part ...

Cyber Medic

May 9, 2014 After the flubbed debut of the HealthCare.gov website, Kevin Charest, chief information security officer at the Health and Human Services Department, knew he had to roll up his sleeves alongside the people who make the agency’s programs work. “In many ways my job has been to set policies at the ...

Hackers Target Nuke Data; Change Grades, Steal Mom's Identity

May 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Navy systems administrator went on hacking spree at sea A gang of hackers that included a service member on a nuclear aircraft carrier breached the Pentagon’s National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, the biometric Transportation ...

Feds: You Need to Fix Your TSP Passwords This Weekend

May 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The website of the Thrift Savings Plan, the retirement program for 4.6 million federal employees and retirees, gives identity thieves clues about how to crack users passwords, some security analysts say. As it happens, TSP plans to change its password policy this coming weekend to eliminate those clues, a spokeswoman ...

The Fingerprint Scanner You Don't Want on Your Smartphone

May 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The FBI plans to offer agents smartphone apps for taking a suspect's fingerprints on the streets and has obtained permission to test the technology on Android-based devices. This is not your typical iTouch or Google Play game. Contracting documents hint that the the tool might use other biometrics -- such ...

Is a Biometric Immigration Exit System Worth $7 Billion?

May 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The push to stand up biometric checkpoints for foreigners departing the country would not, right now, yield expected benefits, such as quickly spotting people with invalid visas, according to a new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center. The advantages of an immigration entry-exit system based on digitized physical markers, like ...

It's Hard to Say If This Baltimore Crime Lab Whittled Down Its DNA Sample Backlog

May 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A federally-funded Baltimore crime lab could not show progress processing backlogged DNA samples because incoming and outgoing analysis-tracking systems weren't linked, according to a newly-released Justice Department audit. Justice gave the City of Baltimore Police Department Crime Laboratory $1.2 million to reduce a logjam of unanalyzed DNA evidence, from October ...

Intel Firm Links Ukraine Energy Debt With Potential Cyber Assault

May 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Web intelligence company says Putin-sponsored cyber assaults against Ukraine could coincide with deadlines for paying Russia for energy. Recorded Future, partly funded by CIA venture capital firm In-Q-Tel, drew data from social media, blogs, news and trade reports, such as analysis from Oil&Gas Eurasia, as well as other sources ...

Hackers Pull Down a Virginia Cloud, Spy on Syrian Rebels and Get Lost

May 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Security hole in Syrian opposition site used to spy on dissidents Hackers have been taking advantage of a bug in Adobe Flash since September 2013 to track citizens complaining about the Assad regime. ...

Recent TSA Scanner Upgrade Protected Your Privacy but Didn't Improve the System

April 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Transportation Security Administration needs to do more research before upgrading airport body scanners, according to federal auditors. "By not measuring system effectiveness based on the performance of the technology and [screening officers] who operate the technology or taking into account current processes and deployment strategies," officials "are not ensuring ...