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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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Feds Tap Data Surveillance Firm for Money Laundering Investigations

April 23, 2014 The federal government has tapped data surveillance provider Palantir to help civilian intelligence agencies collaborate on money laundering investigations. The five-year $9.9 million sole source contract follows independent efforts by the departments of Justice, Treasury and Homeland Security to use the tools, according to contracting documets. Primarily, feds need the ...

Government Employees Cause Nearly 60% of Public Sector Cyber Incidents

April 22, 2014 About 58 percent of cyber incidents reported in the public sector were caused by government employees, according to an annual data breach report compiled by Verizon. The findings -- stripped of identifying information -- do not mention ex-contractor Edward Snowden's mammoth leak of national secrets. Even if Snowden's leaks had ...

Deltek Breach Raises Questions About Widespread Hacking

April 21, 2014 Details surrounding a recent network breach at the business research and software firm Deltek remain uncertain after the company confirmed the incident exposed sensitive data on tens of thousands of employees of federal contractors. On March 13, Deltek discovered an intruder had broken into a federal market analysis database called ...

How Oculus Will Revolutionize the Battlefield

April 20, 2014 The virtual reality tool Oculus, a wow-producing technology recently acquired by Facebook, has the potential to transform entertainment, social networking -- and warfighting, some defense contractors say. "It's your terrain," said A.J. Clark, president of Thermopylae Sciences + Technology, which makes mapping software for Google Glass and other wearable technology. ...

Heartbleed Means HealthCare.gov Users Must Reset Passwords

April 19, 2014 Federal officials are telling Obamacare website account holders to reset their passwords, following revelations of a bug that could allow hackers to steal data. Officials earlier in the month said the government's main public sites, including HealthCare.gov, were safe from the risks surrounding Heartbleed -- faulty code recently found in ...

You Could Virtually Hover Over a Battlefield With Oculus

April 18, 2014 The virtual reality tool Oculus, a wow-producing technology recently acquired by Facebook, has the potential to transform entertainment, social networking -- and warfighting, some defense contractors say. "It's your terrain," said A.J. Clark, president of Thermopylae Sciences + Technology, which makes mapping software for Google Glass and other wearable technology. ...

Hackers Scour Boob Job Records, Identify Anonymous, and Hold Up Nebraska Bank

April 18, 2014 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Hackers ogled 500,000 consumer records at British boob job clinics Voyeurs went after online forms sent to the Harley Medical Group detailing potential patients’ questions regarding tummy tucks, boob jobs and liposuction. Activists ...

How to Tell If Hackers Are Attacking Your Utility System Through Heartbleed

April 17, 2014 The branch of the Homeland Security Department defending critical private networks on Thursday issued a bulletin listing 14 hallmarks that indicate a hacker has tried to take advantage of the Heartbleed bug in company systems. The hope is that key U.S. sectors -- utilities, for instance -- will load the ...

DHS Wants to Recycle Its Own Computers

April 16, 2014 The Homeland Security Department is considering creating its own DHS-wide computer hardware recycling program, according to department officials. That way, Homeland Security can pocket more proceeds than using the current General Services Administration-run salvaging service, IT consultants say. The office of the DHS chief information officer "would like to establish ...

From the Cloud to Your Pentagon-Issued Phone

April 15, 2014 Defense officials are in the process of figuring out how to adapt Web-based collaboration tools into apps that can be accessed from any computer, including tablets and smartphones. The department is partnering with vendors so that as they develop cloud services, those programs can be accessed from mobile devices, Jennifer ...