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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.

Results 11-20 of 2019

Hackers Piggyback Off US Marshals Leak, Unnerve Wilmer Valderrama and Contaminate Videos

July 11, 2014 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Australia-based Bitcoin fund robbed of $70,000 after US Marshals accidentally leaked contact info The email address of Sam Lee, co-founder of Bitcoins Reserve, was made public by accident, allowing an attacker to send ...

Should Feds Have Been Told About the OPM Hack?

July 11, 2014 Federal officials have no yardstick for determining when to tell government employees their personal data may have been compromised -- a likely reason potential victims of a March breach of personnel databases still have not been notified. In April, federal auditors criticized agencies for poor breach notification, partly because there ...

97 Percent of Key Industries Doubt Security Compliance Can Defy Hackers

July 10, 2014 Only 3 percent of information technology executives at utilities and other businesses critical to society strongly believe security rules and standards decrease threats to the systems running their operations, according to a new study. The Ponemon Institute report, expected to be released today, comes amid warnings by the Department of ...

Obama Requests Drone Surge for U.S.-Mexico Border

July 9, 2014 President Barack Obama today requested $39 million for aerial surveillance, including unmanned aircraft operations, as part of an effort to systemically take care of what he called an urgent humanitarian situation. The emergency funding would go toward 16,526 additional drone and manned aircraft flight hours for border surveillance, and 16 ...

Why It Costs $1.7 Billion to Computerize Immigration Forms

July 9, 2014 The agency in charge of processing immigration forms has awarded a potentially $58 million contract to four vendors to computerize the casework, as the government strains to handle the nation’s 12 million undocumented foreigners. Tech Consulting, DV United, Cascades Technologies, and Agilex will earn software programming jobs from U.S. Citizenship ...

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The Snowden Effect

July 9, 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 ...

Obama Wants Drones to Be Part of Border Migration Solution

July 8, 2014 President Barack Obama today requested $39 million for aerial surveillance, including unmanned aircraft operations, as part of an effort to systemically take care of what he called an urgent humanitarian situation. The emergency funding would go toward 16,526 additional drone and manned aircraft flight hours for border surveillance, and 16 ...

DEA Anticipates Awarding Contract for Sensitive Justice Cloud

July 7, 2014 The agency tasked with fighting narcotics trafficking expects to need online access to a commercial data center to store a growing amount of sensitive mapping data -- and to save money, according to a contract plan. The Drug Enforcement Administration on Monday issued a notice stating it is surveying the ...

Do You Want To Pay for USPS Shipping With Cash Or Bitcoin?

July 3, 2014 The hard-up U.S. Postal Service is asking citizens whether they would ship more items if novel payment technologies were accepted, as virtual currencies and smartphone transactions gain in popularity. The USPS inspector general website invites customers to post comments about “innovative payment methods” that would entice them to use agency ...

Hackers Log Into DQ, Remember the ‘80s, and Rip Off Poor People

July 3, 2014 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Intrusion at payment system vendor trickles down to Dairy Queen customers Information Systems & Supplies Inc., which sells so-called point-of-sale systems to restaurants, says a hack involving login information might have compromised diners’ ...