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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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DHS Calls Over-Cost Delayed Immigration Casework System a ‘Turnaround Story’

March 21, 2016 Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly attributed statements to a USCIS spokesman. In fact, they should be attributed to USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez. The story has been corrected. The Department of Homeland Security insists plans for a $3.1 billion system to digitize immigration casework are on track, despite...

Hackers Expose Trump, Run License Plate Numbers for Friends, and Post ISIS ‘Kill List’ Detailing Cops

March 21, 2016 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Hacktivists Expose Trump...Sort Of After the hacker activist collective Anonymous threatened to declare "total war" on GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, it leaked two numbers. One is an alleged SSN and the other...

Pentagon Mapmakers Are Using Social Media to Chart Syrians' Exodus

March 20, 2016 Streams of Facebook, Instagram, and other social media posts shared by smartphone-toting children and families at border crossings are providing U.S. intelligence analysts with a real-time map of the Syrian exodus. It's not picture perfect, but it fills in gaps for the nation's spy cartographers, a top Defense Department official...

US Spy Map Agency Charts Syrian Exodus Using Social Media

March 18, 2016 Streams of Facebook, Instagram and other social media posts shared by smartphone-toting children and families at border crossings are providing U.S. intelligence analysts with a real-time map of the Syrian exodus. It's not picture perfect, but it fills in gaps for the nation's spy cartographers, a top Defense Department official...

Immigration Agency Spars with Inspector over Failed $3.1B Digital System

March 18, 2016 A Department of Homeland Security official has not only dismissed an internal investigator’s recommendations to fix a failed $3.1 billion effort to computerize immigration files, but also denies there is a problem. The Transformation program will cost 480 percent more than the $536 million budgeted in 2005 and still will...

CYBERCOM to Congress: We Need a Bigger Budget

March 17, 2016 A Republican challenged the head of U.S. Cyber Command to explain why the force’s proposed budget would rise next year, with trillion-dollar deficits coming back. CYBERCOM, tasked with coordinating cyberattacks and defending critical U.S. networks, has requested slightly more than $500 million for fiscal 2017, a 9 percent increase over...

Is The Government Getting Stingier With Cyber Threat Data?

March 16, 2016 The top cybersecurity official at one of the country's foremost scientific institutions says the federal government is too secretive about the threat tips it shares. Virginia Tech is no stranger to hackers. Randy Marchany, the school's chief information security officer, says he assumes the attackers are already inside the networks....

Researcher Says Government Cyberthreat Sharing Too Secretive

March 16, 2016 The top cybersecurity official at one of the country's foremost scientific institutions says the federal government is too secretive about the threat tips it shares. Virginia Tech is no stranger to hackers. Randy Marchany, the school's chief information security officer, says he assumes the attackers are already inside its networks....

House Committee Now Probing Jeh Johnson’s Personal Email Use at DHS

March 14, 2016 The House oversight committee is digging into Jeh Johnson's personal use of Gmail while serving as the head of the Department of Homeland Security. Last July, Johnson admitted accessing his private webmail account on DHS equipment, after Bloomberg reported he and 28 department senior officials were exempted from a departmentwide...

Doxed ISIS Fighters, Leaked Complaints about Uber Rapes and 2.2M Cancer Patients Exposed to ID Theft

March 14, 2016 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: ISIS Defector Doxes 22,000 Terrorists Tens of thousands of extremists are named in files that were passed on to Sky News in a memory stick. The data was stolen from the head of...