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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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The Military Is Building an Employee Database to Predict Traitors

May 27, 2016 The Defense Department is building a massive information-sharing system detailing national security personnel and individuals cleared for accessing U.S. secrets, to flag who among them might be potential turncoats or other "insider threats." The “DoD Component Insider Threat Records System” is part of the U.S. government's response to the 2010...

Pentagon Is Building Massive Hub of Insider Threat Data

May 27, 2016 The Defense Department is building a massive information-sharing system detailing national security personnel and individuals cleared for accessing U.S. secrets, to flag who among them might be potential turncoats or other "insider threats." The “DOD Component Insider Threat Records System” is part of the U.S. government's response to the 2010...

He Said-She Said Controversy Over Who Discovered the OPM Hack Is Apparently Solved

May 26, 2016 One of the longstanding mysteries about a hack that exposed profiles of 21.5 million national security personnel and their relatives appears to be solved. Contractor CyTech did not, despite claims by company CEO Ben Cotton, discover the attack, during a product demonstration April 21, 2015, a top House Democrat says....

This Is the Real Threat Posed By Hacked Medical Devices at VA

May 25, 2016 As the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs work to make the digital medical records that each manages for some 10 million beneficiaries compatible, they face an unassuming foe. Medical devices in their hospitals are vulnerable to malware that could allow attackers to compromise all that patient health data. In...

Here are the Companies That Won a Spot on $460M Cyber Command Deal

May 23, 2016 U.S. Cyber Command plans to outsource support for defensive and offensive maneuvers to a team of six contractors, including Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC and CACI. The first $82 million task order has been awarded to team member Vencore, said Robert Wade, a contracting officer at the General Services Administration, which...

'Data Guardians' Now On Watch After Hack at Medicare Agency

May 23, 2016 Last summer, deceptive emails began targeting employees at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, according to the agency. The messages were crafted to look like official business, but they actually were from attackers seeking agency passwords. The influx of "spearphishing" emails spiked in June and July. CMS quickly grasped...

Hackers Steal from Bank to Give to Poor ISIS Fighters, Send Junior High Classmates Porn, Expose N.M. DWI Patients

May 23, 2016 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches Robin Hood Hacker Donates Stolen Bitcoin to ISIS Fighters A hacktivist has sent $10,000 worth of allegedly stolen virtual currency (25 bitcoins) to Rojava, an autonomous region in northern Syria the hacker describes...

Senior Democrat Wants Answers on Cyber Heist Targeting Central Banks

May 19, 2016 A top Senate Democrat is probing the response to recent hack attacks against a global interbank transaction network that some institutions fear could compromise the U.S. financial system. On Thursday, Reuters reported that a Bangladeshi central bank official's hacked computer was the source of fraudulent transactions at the U.S. Federal...

Here’s How One Navy IT Team Is Teaching Sailors the Risks of Social Media

May 18, 2016 Islamic State uses it to compile lists of military members it wants followers to attack. Child predators use it to befriend potential victims. But most people just use it to update friends and family about the latest vacation or career move. Public social media is a potential safety threat to...

Here’s How One Navy IT Team Is Teaching Sailors the Risks of Social Media

May 18, 2016 Islamic State uses it to compile lists of military members it wants followers to attack. Child predators use it to befriend potential victims. Most people just use it to update friends and family about the latest vacation or career move. Public social media is a potential safety threat to civilians...