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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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Hackers Grab Illinois Voter Records and Dump ISIS Propagandist’s Internal Data; Glassdoor Accidentally Outs Users

July 25, 2016 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Voter Records Copied Off Compromised Illinois Voter Registry The Illinois State Board of Elections online voter registration has been hacked. “The attackers took advantage of a programming flaw in the website’s database," The...

Pentagon Wants to Automate Social-Media Checks on Clearance Holders

July 20, 2016 The Pentagon is conducting market research for a planned 12-month "social media checks" pilot that would analyze public posts to help determine an employee's suitability for Defense Intelligence Agency classified work. The effort is part of a shift away from screening intelligence and military staff every five years, as is...

House Committee Chair Opens Inquiry Into Foreigners’ Access to OPM Data

July 19, 2016 The House Science, Space and Technology Committee is questioning whether foreign nationals may have had direct access to sensitive Office of Personnel Management data before a historic OPM hack attack was disclosed last summer. The agency recently told federal auditors that nation state-sponsored cyberattacks are the gravest and most common...

Defense Intelligence Agency Is Scoping Out Social Media Background Checkers

July 18, 2016 The Pentagon is conducting market research for a planned 12-month "social media checks" pilot that would analyze public posts to help determine an employee's suitability for Defense Intelligence Agency classified work. The effort is part of a shift away from screening intelligence and military staff every five years, as is...

Hackers Target Sports Training Clinic, N.C. State; Alabama and Oklahoma Accidentally Leak Security-Sensitive Data

July 18, 2016 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Sports Clinic Owner Alleges MLB Hacked His Social Media Presence DNA Sports Labs, a training and sports science lab in Florida, relied on social media, including YouTube and Facebook for advertising, and depended...

An Inside Look At a CYBERCOM Dress Rehearsal

July 15, 2016 During a recent hack attack drill, Cyber Command troops botched an attempt to stop compromised energy machinery from leaking oil -- and that was the intention, the Pentagon says. "We do that because at the point of failure, that's where learning will occur," Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday, CYBERCOM director of...

Like Battlebots, Except These Robots Automatically Patch CyberSecurity Holes

July 14, 2016 The Pentagon agency that brought you robotic cars will bring robotic hackers to a Vegas resort next month. The $2 million Cyber Grand Challenge, sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, will pit machines against insecure software to pierce the holes—and fix 'em. The entire event will be shown...

White House Wants 3,500 ‘Critical’ New Cyber Jobs Filled In 5 Months

July 14, 2016 The White House on Tuesday unveiled a recruitment agenda that envisions a tour of duty fighting hackers for the U.S. government as part of any private cyber pro's career. "The supply of cybersecurity talent to meet the increasing demand of the federal government is simply not sufficient," officials from the...

It’ll Be Brains vs. Bots in Vegas Cyberwar Sponsored by the Pentagon

July 13, 2016 The Pentagon agency that brought you robotic cars will bring robotic hackers to a Vegas resort next month. The $2 million Cyber Grand Challenge, sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, will pit machines against insecure software to pierce the holes -- and fix 'em. The entire event will...

Federal Government Expects to Bring on 3,500 More Cyber Pros by 2017

July 12, 2016 The White House on Tuesday unveiled a recruitment agenda that envisions a tour of duty fighting hackers for the U.S. government as part of any private cyber pro's career. "The supply of cybersecurity talent to meet the increasing demand of the federal government is simply not sufficient," officials from the...