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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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Hackers Study YouTube, Scribble on Cops’ Website, and Preview ‘Avengers’

November 17, 2014 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: HP Goofs, Sends Its Employees’ Personal Data to Unknown Party Payroll information on 1,000 personnel at a technology maintenance division of HP was emailed to a third party Oct. 6. S. Korean Freshman ...

State Department and White House Networks Hacked at the Same Time

November 16, 2014 The State Department's unclassified email system was compromised in recent weeks, at the same time as a White House network, and officials took the State system offline Friday, according to department officials. The maintenance has disrupted email traffic of State employees and the ability to access public websites, a senior ...

State Department Hacked at Same Time as White House

November 16, 2014 The State Department's unclassified email system was compromised in recent weeks, at the same time as a White House network, and officials took the State system offline Friday, according to department officials. The maintenance has disrupted email traffic of State employees and the ability to access public websites, a senior ...

After Hack, NOAA Still Plans to Buy Supercomputers from IBM Unit Sold to Chinese Firm

November 14, 2014 A weather agency allegedly hacked by China intends to continue with plans for using forecasting computers provided by an IBM unit recently sold to a Chinese company. Lawmakers are voicing concerns about the contract, after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday acknowledged attackers breached prediction and satellite systems. ...

DHS Drafts Blueprints for Self-Repairing Networks as Hacks Mount

November 12, 2014 The Department of Homeland Security is working with industry to automate cyber defenses inside the government, which will ensure operations continue during and after hack attacks, DHS officials said Wednesday. Enterprise Automated Security Environment, or EASE, could give rise to something like a self-repairing network, Philip Quade, chief operating officer ...

Keystone State Aims to Kill the Password

November 11, 2014 Pennsylvania is letting residents renew driver’s licenses, apply for state benefits and potentially even charge pizza pies online without divulging personal information or creating a new password. They are encouraged to reuse passwords across multiple accounts. Typically, that’s a big no-no. Recycling passwords can compromise all your accounts, if that ...

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Privacy Negotiator

November 11, 2014 In 2011, Government Executive spotlighted a handful of emerging leaders, including Ari Schwartz, the first-ever National Institute for Standards and Technology Internet policy adviser, who hailed from the privacy activism world. He went on to advise three Commerce Department secretaries on developing voluntary cyber standards in accordance with a landmark ...

Postal Employees, You've Been Hacked. What Now?

November 10, 2014 U.S. Postal Service and Postal Regulatory Commission employees face the risk of identity theft, following a hack of USPS personnel files, federal officials said Monday. Employees will receive one year of free credit monitoring. Special assistance also is available through the Human Resources Shared Services Center, Postal Service officials said. ...

Hackers Hail Islamic State, Plunder Hilton Honors Rewards and Terrify the Neighbors

November 7, 2014 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Islamic State Breaks through Rugby Website’s Defenses Over the weekend, the website of the Keighley Cougars, a West Yorkshire team, displayed images of fighter jets and injured bloody people, accompanied by a message ...

Rap Sheets, Watchlists and Spy Networks Now Available With Single Click

November 6, 2014 This story has been updated. Law enforcement officials nationwide now have the ability to search multiple sensitive databases, including spy agency intranets and homeland security suspicious activity reporting – with a single login. The breakthrough in interconnectivity is expected to close information gaps that, among other things, have contributed to ...