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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 Scam Uncle Sam, Upset Mick Jagger and Rob HSBC

4:10 PM ET In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Fraudsters Bank Half a Million Dollars Using Stolen Patient IDs and the IRS A couple allegedly cribbed the identities of hundreds of patients at two Detroit hospitals to illegally file tax refunds, according ...

What a Privacy Activist Turned Top White House Adviser Thinks About Cybersecurity

November 20, 2014 In 2011, Nextgov spotlighted a handful of "emerging leaders" -- including Ari Schwartz, then the first-ever Internet policy adviser for the National Institute for Standards and Technology. Today, Schwartz, 43, is no longer emerging. He has emerged. Schwartz, who hails from the world of privacy activism, is now the White ...

Timeline: How the Postal Service Data Breach Went Down

November 19, 2014 U.S. Postal Service officials are revealing more about the cyber intrusion at the agency that exposed the personal data of about 800,000 USPS employees. Testifying before Congress Wednesday, Randy Miskanic, incident commander on the case and the USPS secure digital solutions vice president, laid out a nearly day-by-day timeline of ...

Hackers Possibly Copied Postal Employee Pay Records

November 19, 2014 Compensation files for U.S. Postal Service workers might also have been breached during a recent hack that exposed the Social Security numbers and other personal data on about 800,000 USPS employees, a postal inspector said Wednesday. At a House hearing on the agency's controversial "mail cover" envelope-surveillance program, the cyber ...

Governmentwide Login Portal Connect.gov Unaffected by Hack

November 18, 2014 Following a raft of agency and retailer hacks, the federal government is weeks away from debuting a new way to securely conduct transactions online, without registering one's personal information. In an unfortunate turn of events, the U.S. Postal Service – which operates the tool – recently discovered an attack on ...

The State Department's Reluctance To Disclose Hacking Unsettles Lawmakers

November 18, 2014 After a hack on State Department networks detected at least a month ago but only revealed yesterday, U.S. officials aren't sharing much information about the potential ramifications for the agency and its employees. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are demanding answers. State’s silence is somewhat at odds with ...

Is State’s Reluctance to Disclose Hack a Double Standard?

November 17, 2014 After a hack on State Department networks detected at least a month ago but only revealed yesterday, U.S. officials aren't sharing much information about the potential ramifications for the agency and its employees. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are demanding answers. State’s silence is somewhat at odds with ...

Hackers Study YouTube, Scribble on Cops’ Website, and Preview ‘Avengers’

November 17, 2014 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: HP Goofs, Sends Its Employees’ Personal Data to Unknown Party Payroll information on 1,000 personnel at a technology maintenance division of HP was emailed to a third party Oct. 6. S. Korean Freshman ...

State Department and White House Networks Hacked at the Same Time

November 16, 2014 The State Department's unclassified email system was compromised in recent weeks, at the same time as a White House network, and officials took the State system offline Friday, according to department officials. The maintenance has disrupted email traffic of State employees and the ability to access public websites, a senior ...

State Department Hacked at Same Time as White House

November 16, 2014 The State Department's unclassified email system was compromised in recent weeks, at the same time as a White House network, and officials took the State system offline Friday, according to department officials. The maintenance has disrupted email traffic of State employees and the ability to access public websites, a senior ...