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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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Everyone Needs a Cyber Textbook

January 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Goverrnment officials are subject to a near daily barrage of information regarding cyberattacks and the specter of cyberwar. Depending on the source, that can mean anything from an employee downloading work files from home to an intruder tampering with the systems that control city water supplies. Not understanding the nuances ...

NSA Leak Spawns Fake Spyware Site

January 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A scroll through the Web has turned up a parody of the leaked National Security Agency catalog for ordering hacking instruments that Der Spiegel published on Dec. 30. The NSA product name generator website was “inspired by the recent dump of NSA's TAO product catalog, containing weirdly-codenamed products beyond the ...

Judge Says Border Officials Can Search Your Laptop and Cellphone

December 31, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A federal court on Tuesday upheld a Homeland Security Department policy that allows authorities at border checkpoints to search laptops and other electronic devices belonging to U.S. citizens and foreigners. A graduate student and several civil liberties groups in 2010 sued the government to stop a 2009 DHS directive authorizing ...

The Ten Worst Hacks of 2013

December 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This was the first year the word "Beijing" escaped the mouths of Pentagon officials in describing a previously unnamed nation state sponsor of probes of various U.S. government and corporate networks. Many breaches disclosed in 2013 bore the markings of political tension. And not just leaks by ex-National Security Agency ...

Hackers Expose Illegal Immigrants, Assault Turkish Voters and Shop Black Friday Sales

December 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Attackers grab Washington Post employee IDs from corporate servers The hackers gained access to employee user names and passwords, in at least the third intrusion during the past three years. 54 million Turkish ...

Agencies to Focus on Illegal Cyberweapons Trade in 2014

December 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies governmentwide over the next nine months must work together on guidelines for controlling the trade of cyberwar technology, under newly approved military legislation. In programming, a cyberweapon often refers to malicious code that takes advantage of a software glitch unknown to developers, called a "zero day," to insert itself ...

Defense to Weigh Civilian Cyber Militia

December 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congress has mandated that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel evaluate the practicality of hiring part-time nonmilitary employees to help the National Guard thwart cyberattacks. Some states and other nations, including Estonia, already have volunteer netwarfare squads poised to protect networks controlling oil reserves, subways and other critical infrastructure in times of ...

Can You Save the Whales With a Smartphone?

December 20, 2013 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes One of the rarest large animals on the planet, the North Atlantic right whale can grow up to 59 feet long. These migratory whales tend to stay close to peninsulas and near continental shelves to feed. Hunted to near-extinction, ...

Army Settles on Augusta for Cyber Forces Headquarters

December 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Army Cyber Command troops for the first time will be housed together under one chief, service officials said on Thursday, in announcing a collective move to Fort Gordon, Ga., home of the service's Signal Center and Signal Corps, which is responsible for electronic communications. Until now, the command, established in ...

Congress Lops $35 Million Off Funding for NSA Supercomputer Center

December 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Deep inside legislation authorizing 2014 Pentagon activities is a line item that reduces construction spending for a National Security Agency data mining facility near Baltimore. The Obama administration had requested $431 million for the third phase of development of the 28-acre server estate. A report accompanying the National Defense Authorization ...