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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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When Twitter Disinformation Crosses the Line

July 5, 2011 When Twitter rose to power, giving anyone with an Internet connection the ability to post memos on a massive online bulletin board, everyone knew misinformation would spread like summer wildfire. Over the years, viral tweets have prematurely killed off Gordon Lightfoot, Bill Cosby and Morgan Freeman, among other celebrities. Disinformation...

U.S. and Russia among 22 nations supporting international cyber resolution

July 5, 2011 Russia and the United States are co-sponsoring a resolution to pre-empt cyberattacks that an influential international body is expected to adopt this week, according to a Belgium parliamentary member who introduced the decree. The proposal calls for member nations to exchange information about the way they intend to deploy cyber...

UN Regional Partner to Vote on Cybersecurity Decree

July 1, 2011 The 56 participating nations of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, including the United States, will vote next week in Serbia on a resolution to improve cybersecurity cooperation. The decree, if approved, would be included in an annual doctrine -- the Belgrade Declaration -- that represents the collective...

Apparent wave of cyber breaches is an illusion

June 30, 2011 A proliferation of hacktivists and frustration with cleanup costs are prompting agencies and companies to disclose breaches they would have kept under wraps in the past, Internet security researchers say. While it may seem that cyber crooks are poking into databases more frequently based on increased media coverage, the fact...

White House aims to disrupt al Qaeda online

June 29, 2011 Cyberspace is a battleground in the new U.S. strategy for taking on al Qaeda released Wednesday, but officials provided few details about online tactics that might be used. "We are depriving al Qaeda of its enabling means, including the illicit financing, logistical support and the online communications that sustain its...

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From Nextgov: White House aims to disrupt al Qaeda online

June 29, 2011 Cyberspace is a battleground in the new U.S. strategy for taking on al Qaeda released Wednesday, but officials provided few details about online tactics that might be used. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Supreme Court to consider government's warrantless GPS tracking

June 28, 2011 The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a major mobile-tracking case filed by the Obama administration that will weigh whether it is unconstitutional for the government to access GPS-location data continuously over a prolonged period without a warrant. Earlier this month, a bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers...

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From Nextgov: Supreme Court to consider government's warrantless GPS tracking

June 28, 2011 The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a major mobile-tracking case filed by the Obama administration that will weigh whether it is unconstitutional for the government to access GPS-location data continuously over a prolonged period without a warrant. Read the full story on Nextgov.

DHS debuts Energy Star-like system for software security

June 27, 2011 The Homeland Security Department and consulting firm Mitre Corp. on Monday unveiled a system for rating the protection of software products to help agencies, contractors and consumers ensure they are buying safe technology, in the same way the Energy Star labeling program helps guarantee eco-friendly purchases, DHS officials said. The...

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From Nextgov: DHS debuts Energy Star-like system for software security

June 27, 2011 The Homeland Security Department and consulting firm Mitre Corp. on Monday unveiled a system for rating the protection of software products to help agencies, contractors and consumers ensure they are buying safe technology, in the same way the Energy Star labeling program helps guarantee eco-friendly purchases, DHS officials said. Read...