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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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Agencies Get New Guidelines for OK’ing Apps

4:05 PM ET The National Institute of Standards and Technology has prepared new agency guidelines for screening commercial apps before federal employees download them. Third-party Android and iPhone apps have been known to harbor vulnerabilities -- either intentionally or inadvertently -- that could expose government data to outsiders. At the same time, agencies ...

Is There Ebola on That Smartphone?

August 20, 2014 Medical staff treating patients with Ebola and other communicable diseases in Africa face a novel kind of smartphone security problem. When aiding Ebola patients, "What about the mobile device that you hand off to the next medical person?" said Rocky Young, a practicing physician assistant and director of cybersecurity, information ...

Foreign Government Agents Suspected of Hacking U.S. Nuclear Regulator

August 19, 2014 Nuclear Regulatory Commission computers within the past three years were successfully hacked by foreigners twice and also by an unidentifiable individual, according to an internal investigation. One incident involved emails sent to about 215 NRC employees in "a logon-credential harvesting attempt," according to an inspector general reportNextgov obtained through an ...

Behind the High Tech Forensics of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17

August 19, 2014 Dutch officials expect precise accuracy from DNA-matching software that will be used to identify many of the 298 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victims. But it is unknown whether there will be enough genetic evidence from the remains and relatives of the missing to ID everyone. As of Friday, 171 people ...

DNA-Matching Androids to Help ID 600 MH17 Bodies and Remains

August 19, 2014 Dutch officials expect precise accuracy from DNA-matching software that will be used to identify many of the 298 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victims. But it is unknown whether there will be enough genetic evidence from the remains and relatives of the missing to ID everyone. As of Friday, 171 people ...

Exclusive: Nuke Regulator Hacked by Suspected Foreign Powers

August 18, 2014 Nuclear Regulatory Commission computers within the past three years were successfully hacked by foreigners twice and also by an unidentifiable individual, according to an internal investigation. One incident involved emails sent to about 215 NRC employees in "a logon-credential harvesting attempt," according to an inspector general report Nextgov obtained through ...

Hackers Swindle Yacht Club Members and Tap Supervalu’s Credit Line

August 15, 2014 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Security breach at swanky Chicago yacht club The hack involved the credit and debit card data of the organization’s prominent members. Feds accuse Russian of pre-Target era credit card raid This month, U.S. ...

The Snowden Effect

August 15, 2014 Revelations last year that the National Security Agency is collecting Americans’ telephone metadata soured some people’s opinions about the U.S. intelligence community, but they apparently haven’t affected the views of many computer security professionals. Anecdotal evidence suggests that leaks by Edward Snowden, the former systems administrator and contractor with the ...

IRS Gave Sensitive Data to Convict Sentenced to 21 Years

August 14, 2014 The Internal Revenue Service failed to conduct background checks on many contract workers who handled sensitive taxpayer data, an internal review reveals. The findings arrive at a time when identity theft has become an everyday threat in the public and private sectors. At the IRS, contractors hired for courier, printing, ...

The Navy Battles for ‘E*WARFARE’ Brand

August 13, 2014 The Navy has trademarked the name "e*WARFARE" and registered to reserve the rights to "E*WARFARE" in a preemptive move to deflect lawyers and fraudsters. As of last week, e*WARFARE -- lowercase "e" and "WARFARE" in all capital letters, with an asterisk -- is the exclusive logo for official electronic warfare ...