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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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Pentagon Concerned About Terrorists' Cyberwar Capabilities

June 16, 2011 The Pentagon and foreign partners will follow the Cold War construct of "shared warning" to pursue enemies in cyberspace, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said on Thursday at the International Workshop on Global Security in Paris. Neither America nor its international partners have faced a true cyber attack...

Lawmakers finalize measure restricting government's use of GPS data

June 15, 2011 A bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers on Wednesday finalized a bill that prohibits law enforcement officials from tracking the location of people's wireless devices without a warrant or parental consent, or unless an emergency is under way. The finished proposal represents a departure from an earlier version that...

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On the Cyber Beat

June 15, 2011 Chief information security officers must balance mission requirements against threats to vital data. From the document leaking website WikiLeaks to the rise of smartphone computing, chief information security officers are confronting ever more threats to the data they are responsible for protecting. The number of attacks against federal networks increased...

Businesses urged to share more information on cyber threats

June 14, 2011 The top counterterrorism official at the Homeland Security Department on Tuesday called on businesses to cooperate more with government when hit by hackers. "Let's face it -- cybersecurity primarily is a civilian space -- it is used mostly by businesses, but it is tied closely to national security," said Rand...

Hack of International Monetary Fund data raises global worries

June 13, 2011 As world leaders grapple with the news that unidentified hackers have infiltrated the International Monetary Fund and obtained a large quantity of data -- the effects of which remain unknown -- some computer security and financial services experts speculated that such an attack on U.S. financial regulatory agencies would not...

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From Nextgov: Hack of IMF data raises global worries

June 13, 2011 As world leaders grapple with the news that unidentified hackers have infiltrated the International Monetary Fund and obtained a large quantity of data -- the effects of which remain unknown -- some computer security and financial services experts speculated that such an attack on U.S. financial regulatory agencies would not...

Immigration Services Agency and FTC to Share Scam Tips Online

June 10, 2011 The Federal Trade Commission is allowing the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services arm of the Homeland Security Department access to its secure consumer complaint database so USCIS officials can investigate scammers posing as immigration legal advisers, federal officials announced on Thursday. Typically only law enforcement officials can search through the...

ICE agents nab almost $15 million from software pirate's Swiss bank account

June 10, 2011 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents traced and seized about $15 million from sales of counterfeit antivirus software to a fugitive's Swiss bank account by relying on footwork and phone calls -- a nice break from cyber forensics, ICE investigators said on Friday. Witnesses tipped off ICE's Homeland Security Investigations...

FEMA watchdog endorses data mining to uncover overpayments

June 10, 2011 Federal inspectors are calling for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to employ data mining software -- similar to that used by the board monitoring stimulus spending-- for preventing future losses, now that the agency is saddled with recovering about $643 million worth of potential overpayments for housing assistance. In a...

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From Nextgov: FEMA watchdog endorses data mining to uncover overpayments

June 10, 2011 Federal inspectors are calling for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to employ data mining software -- similar to that used by the board monitoring stimulus spending-- for preventing future losses, now that the agency is saddled with recovering about $643 million worth of potential overpayments for housing assistance. Read the...