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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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Pentagon Unveils New Rules Requiring Contractors to Disclose Data Breaches

August 26, 2015 New sweeping defense contractor rules on hack notifications take effect today, adding to a flurry of Pentagon IT security policies issued in recent years. Just this month, the Office of Management and Budget proposed guidelines to homogenize the way vendors secure data governmentwide. The Defense Department had already released three...

The Nation’s 24-Hour Cyber Watch Center Still Has Some Empty Seats

August 24, 2015 The watch floor of a national center that monitors hack attacks aimed at 16 critical U.S. industries is still missing analysts from 75 percent of those sectors. The reasons for low attendance have little to do with controversies over sharing customer and business-sensitive information. The main problem is insufficient capital...

Hackers Taint Wine Payments, Malign 8 Million Mums, and Pinch Fred’s Super Dollar Stores

August 24, 2015 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Hackers Take a Swipe at California Wineries Payment software used by 70 Northern California sellers was breached, handing wine drinkers’ personal and financial data to crooks. On May 27, Missing Link Networks Inc.,...

The IRS Spent $2.7 Million on a Tool That Shelled Out $39 Million to Crooks

August 21, 2015 The return on investment for what the Internal Revenue Service reports to be a $2.7 million government system that allows citizens to obtain previous year tax returns, so far, looks to be about negative $42.7 million. The ROI could fall deeper into the red, based on revelations about a breach...

Widespread Use of Yammer Social Network at VA Ran Afoul of Agency Rules, Watchdog Says

August 20, 2015 Updated Aug. 21 to include comment from VA A well-meaning effort by Department of Veterans Affairs leaders to fuel productivity and cooperation through workflow tool Yammer ran afoul of department regulations and at times devolved into agency bashing and the potential for data breaches, according to an internal probe. Steph...

Ex-State Employee Allegedly Cyberstalked Hundreds of Coeds from Embassy Computer

August 20, 2015 A 36-year-old now ex-State Department employee allegedly hacked into the emails, and sometimes nude photos, of potentially more than 250 coeds nationwide, using a government computer while stationed at the U.S. Embassy in London. Criminal records checks into Michael C. Ford have since revealed he has a history of voyeurism,...

The Pentagon Wants To Wage War on Denial-of-Service Cyber Attacks

August 18, 2015 The Pentagon has in mind a three-pronged counterattack against a decades-old form of cyber assault that continues to paralyze government and industry networks, despite its low cost of sometimes $10 a hit. Beginning next spring, military-funded researchers are scheduled to produce new tools that would quickly enable organizations to bounce...

Pentagon Researchers Will Wage Counterattack on Crippling ‘DDoS’ Cyber Strikes

August 17, 2015 The Pentagon has in mind a three-pronged counterattack against a decades-old form of cyber assault that continues to paralyze government and industry networks, despite its low cost of sometimes $10 a hit. Beginning next spring, military-funded researchers are scheduled to produce new tools that would quickly enable organizations to bounce...

Russia’s Troll Army Is Making Life Harder for US Spies

August 17, 2015 When Facebook posts and tweets blamed Ukrainian rebels for downing a Malaysian jet there last year, U.S. spies studied social media trend lines to gauge public opinion of the Kiev-Moscow conflict. The number of Facebook "likes”; statistics on retweets and "favorited” tweets; and other social media analytics told one story....

US Intelligence Community Keys in on the Russian ‘Troll Army’ Manipulating Social Media

August 17, 2015 When Facebook posts and tweets blamed Ukrainian rebels for downing a Malaysian jet there last year, U.S. spies studied social media trend lines to gauge public opinion of the Kiev-Moscow conflict. The number of Facebook "likes”; statistics on retweets and "favorited” tweets; and other social media analytics told one story....