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Aliya Sternstein

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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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Swing States Reject Feds' Offer to Cybersecure Voting Machines

August 25, 2016 Some key swing states have declined an offer from the Homeland Security Department to scan voting systems for hackers ahead of the presidential elections. As suspected Russian-sponsored attackers compromise Democratic Party and other U.S. political data allegedly to sway voter opinion, some security experts say it wouldn't even take the...

Some Swing States Decline Offer for DHS Voting Security

August 25, 2016 Some key swing states have declined an offer from the Homeland Security Department to scan voting systems for hackers ahead of the presidential elections. As suspected Russian-sponsored attackers compromise Democratic Party and other U.S. political data allegedly to sway voter opinion, some security experts say it wouldn't even take the...

VA's Latest Benefit: On-Demand Cyber Training

August 19, 2016 Your hacked credit card account could be the ultimate beneficiary of a relatively new perk the Homeland Security Department is offering former service members. A DHS online school is providing vets classes in malware analysis, mobile security and ethical hacking, among other subjects, as the number of open cyber jobs...

There’s a Big Loophole in the Pentagon’s Guide to Eavesdropping

August 19, 2016 A privacy update to 1982 Defense Department rules for conducting surveillance on Americans contains a loophole that lets the National Security Agency continue eavesdropping on a wide swath of online conversations, critics say. "DOD Manual 5240.01: Procedures Governing the Conduct of DOD Intelligence Activities" was last issued when all email...

Privacy Guidebook for Eavesdropping on Americans Draws Flack

August 18, 2016 A privacy update to 1982 Defense Department rules for conducting surveillance on Americans contains a loophole that lets the National Security Agency continue eavesdropping on a wide swath of online conversations, critics say. "DOD Manual 5240.01: Procedures Governing the Conduct of DOD Intelligence Activities" was last issued when all email...

DOD IG to Probe Security of Army Patient Records

August 4, 2016 The Pentagon inspector general on Thursday announced plans to audit, starting this month, the security of Army digital patient files. The probe comes at a time when government and private hospitals are up against employees who inadvertently compromise health care records and bad guys who extort money in exchange for...

Hackers Pocket Credit Cards While Processing USPS Mail, Snap Selfies with Dying Patients and Leak DNC Donor Voicemails

August 1, 2016 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Former USPS Worker Allegedly Ripped Credit Cards from Envelopes to Buy Designer Handbags, Cars An ex-U.S. Postal Service processing clerk has been charged with stealing credit cards from undelivered mail while working at...

Maybe the Secret Service Should Start Protecting Candidates’ Email As Well

July 29, 2016 Maybe it's time the Secret Service starts cracking down on the computer security of presidential candidates, in addition to their physical security, some private cyber investigators say, after a leak of Democratic party files right before the nomination of Hillary Clinton for president. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama intimated Russians...

Should Secret Service Protect Emails of Future Presidents?

July 27, 2016 Maybe it's time the Secret Service starts cracking down on the computer security of presidential candidates, in addition to their physical security, some private cyber investigators say, after a leak of Democratic party files right before the nomination of Hillary Clinton for president. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama intimated Russians...

Obama Finally Decides Who’s In Charge When America Comes Under Cyberattack

July 27, 2016 The White House has placed the Justice Department squarely in charge of responding to cyberthreats against the United States, under a presidential directive issued Tuesday. At the same time, the Homeland Security Department will immediately help agencies and companies, if requested, stanch the bleeding from a hacker assault on networks,...