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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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Hackers Defile Crayola, Borrow F-35 Designs and Tick off Madonna

6:00 AM ET In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Hacker behind Leaks of Madonna’s, Other Entertainers’ Songs Apprehended Police on Jan. 21 arrested a 39-year-old Israeli man for allegedly penetrating the computers of a number of international singing stars, including Madonna, and ...

What Do CENTCOM’s Twitter Hack and GoDaddy Have in Common?

6:00 AM ET The embarrassing hack of U.S. Central Command's Twitter feed earlier this month by purported terrorist sympathizers lay bare the inherent insecurity of normally locked-down federal agencies using external Web services. But this is far from the first time it's happened. The Tennessee Valley Authority was left similarly red faced by ...

Experts Say to Expect Action After State of the Union Cyber Shout Out

January 21, 2015 After a week of cybersecurity-related congressional proposals, speeches and global talks, President Barack Obama's one-paragraph mention of cyber in the State of the Union address may have seemed a bit anticlimactic. But some Capitol Hill denizens expect Obama's 14-page legislative offer to speak for itself. "It was a little disappointing ...

Who’s Got the Chops to Run a Transatlantic Cyberspy Cell?

January 20, 2015 The success of a newly announced U.S.-U.K. cyberspy unit in many ways will depend on its yet-to-be named leaders, who, digital investigators say, will be hard to find. There's a small talent pool of cybersecurity technologists -- some say 1,000 -- and an even smaller pool of technologists who are ...

Survey: Government Agencies May be Better than the Private Sector at Responding to Hacks

January 20, 2015 Government agencies worldwide, compared to banks and many other companies, are better able to cope when the inevitable data breach occurs, according to an annual study on advances in cybersecurity. About 43 percent of the public sector falls into the "highly sophisticated" security posture segment, according to the 2015 Cisco ...

Hackers Wage ‘Jihad’ on French Websites, Name Swiss Bank Account Clients and Surveil Pyongyang Newsreaders

January 16, 2015 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Official North Korean News Site Injects Spyware into Visitors’ Computers DPRK’s Korean Central News Agency is serving up more than just the latest pictures of leader Kim Jong Un. “There's a little extra ...

This Obamacare Campaign is a Scam

January 15, 2015 The Department of Homeland Security has issued an alert about imitation Obamacare emails that purport to be from the government but actually steer recipients to password-stealing websites. Uninsured Americans are up against a midnight deadline to register -- through a real government-run health care exchange -- for coverage starting Feb. ...

US, Britain Mull Cross-Border Cyber Defense

January 15, 2015 President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron are meeting this week in Washington to discuss the two nations' response to the growing threat of cyberattacks. The two leaders are expected to discuss, in particular, the problem of adversaries hijacking computers in Britain to unleash cyber assaults on America, ...

Watchdog Zeroes in on Supercomputer Supply Chain Risks in Review of NOAA Satellites

January 15, 2015 Federal auditors are monitoring a risk the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is taking by upgrading forecasting supercomputers while contractor IBM sells parts of its supercomputing business to a Chinese firm. NOAA's chief information officer asked the Government Accountability Office to delete this concern from an initial copy of one ...

Obama and Cameron to Chew Over Cross-Border Cyberattacks

January 15, 2015 President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron are meeting this week in Washington to discuss the two nations' response to the growing threat of cyberattacks. The two leaders are expected to discuss, in particular, the problem of adversaries hijacking computers in Britain to unleash cyber assaults on America, ...