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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.

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DHS Raises Alarms over Malware Targeting Power Operations

July 1, 2014 The Department of Homeland Security is emphasizing the threat of a hacker operation that already has attacked U.S. and European energy companies and can disrupt power. The group behind the campaign is affiliated with Russia, according to security researchers. On Tuesday, DHS reposted and updated for the third time since ...

The Downside of Not Exhausting a $6 Billion Cyber Contract

June 30, 2014 Agencies are partially taking advantage of a huge bulk-price governmentwide deal to help automate network vulnerability-tracking and fix problems in real-time, according to federal officials. If departments underutilize the arguably complex acquisition program, the upshot could be saving money on a potentially $6 billion contract. But if agencies latch onto ...

New Facility Will Rehearse Foreigner Iris and Facial Recognition at Airport Exits

June 27, 2014 The Department of Homeland Security has created a biometric-testing center to aid rollout of a long-awaited congressionally mandated system for tracking foreigners with invalid visas, DHS officials said Friday. The goal of the Upper Marlboro, Maryland, facility is to help Customs and Border Protection expedite traveler screening at U.S. entry ...

Greenpeace Spy Blimp Spies on NSA Spy Center

June 27, 2014 A diverse array of special-interest groups Friday launched a 135-foot-long surveillance airship over a colossal National Security Agency Utah supercomputer center to protest what they say is unlawful government surveillance. Electronic Frontier Foundation activist Parker Higgins, who helped organize the spectacle, tweeted an eagle-eye view of the facilities, with the ...

Hackers Say ‘Yo, Musk,’ Poison AskMen.com, Cause iPhone Heartbleed Failure

June 27, 2014 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: AskMen.com reroutes readers to malware-laced site Hackers compromised the homepage of the widely read Ziff Davis publication to redirect visitors to other domains that deliver “Caphaw” malicious code, which can overtake a victim’s ...

US and Germany Face Off on Soccer and Spying

June 26, 2014 Hours before kickoff at the much-anticipated U.S. vs. Germany World Cup game, the two countries held what was planned as a friendly match to hash out cyber matters. The U.S.-Germany Cyber Bilateral Meeting in Berlin wrapped up around 5 p.m. German time (11 a.m. EDT), according to the State Department's ...

Disputed $103 Million DHS Employee Smartcard Project Falls Behind

June 25, 2014 Protests by rivals HP and XTec have put on hold for more than eight months a Department of Homeland Security employee badge project intended to provide futuristic biometric identification features, such as iris recognition. Since an initial contract award in September 2013, the $103 million job has gone back and ...

Navy and DISA Test Over-the-Air CAC Activation of Smartphones

June 24, 2014 The Navy and Defense Information Systems Agency have begun testing software that transmits employees' credentials to popular brand smartphones to verify they are military members, according to a U.S. Marine Corps communications chief. This transaction could cost-effectively solve a major hang-up in equipping the national security workforce with commercial mobile ...

Lockheed Clinches $82.5 Million Sole-Source Cyber Range Deal

June 23, 2014 A defensewide system that simulates hacks is reliant on Lockheed Martin's trade secrets and expertise, Pentagon officials said in a redacted justification for awarding an $82.5 million to develop and manage the so-called cyber range. In May, officials said they were awarding Lockheed a $14 million, 5-year contract to operate ...

Hackers Rewrite Yearbooks, Enter UK Intranet, and Grab SSNs to Jailbreak AT&T Phones

June 20, 2014 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Code-hosting firm closes shop after hacker deletes Amazon cloud data – and backups Code Spaces said the cost of attempting to resolve the attack and the expected cost of refunding customers will cause ...