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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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Bionic Eyes Are No Match for the Curiosity of Pentagon Cartographers

April 13, 2015 Around the time the computer game "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?" was teaching Generation Y about geography, grown-up versions of geography software had analysts at spy map agencies a little concerned about job security. Back then, Defense Intelligence Agency imagery analyst Robert Cardillo and his colleagues thought visualization ...

How Facial Recognition Technology Is Unearthing China's Artificial Islands

April 12, 2015 Technology akin to facial recognition is helping U.S. spies predict where the next mysterious man-made isle will appear in the South China Sea. For months, the Chinese have been "dredging up sand and they are building these islands" to mark their territory and, "over time, our ability to kind of ...

Hackers Cripple Global French-Language Broadcaster, Hit Linux Event Participants and Run Up Hospital Bills

April 10, 2015 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Pro-ISIS Hacktivists Take Over French-language TV Global television network TV5Monde was virtually disabled for hours after Islamic State sympathizers hijacked and defaced the company's 11 channels, websites and social media accounts. The attack ...

After White House Hack, State Incidentally Offered Spearphishing Training

April 10, 2015 After a White House hack that reportedly was instigated by a malicious email from a compromised State Department account, State in March held a phishing email workshop. All federal security employees were invited to participate in the 90-minute online training session. But no one from the White House watched. Attackers, ...

The Dot-Gov Rejects: The 1,000 Government Websites Shuttered Over Past 10 Years

April 8, 2015 Below are some of the standouts among the more than 1,000 website names the government scratched sometime over the past 10 years. The domains each existed at one point between 2004 and 2014. Click here for a full list of shuttered domains. Collaborators at the government transparency website MuckRock retrieved ...

The Navy Is Stepping Up Its Cyber Defenses

April 8, 2015 Executing hack attacks to support maritime missions will take the Navy out of its traditional comfort zone at the intersection of the land and the sea. Part of a soon-to-be-released cyber strategy will focus on building the force’s capacity to conduct cyberattacks from anywhere around the Earth, said Kevin Cooley, ...

Navy’s Forthcoming Cyber Strategy Aims for Global Capability

April 8, 2015 Executing hack attacks to support maritime missions will take the Navy out of its traditional comfort zone at the intersection of the land and the sea. Part of a soon-to-be-released cyber strategy will focus on building the force’s capacity to conduct cyberattacks from anywhere around the Earth, said Kevin Cooley, ...

Exclusive: FAA Computer Systems Hit by Cyberattack Earlier this Year

April 6, 2015 Hackers earlier this year attacked a Federal Aviation Administration network with malicious software, agency officials said Monday. In early February, FAA discovered "a known virus" spread via email on "its administrative computer system," agency spokeswoman Laura Brown told Nextgov. "After a thorough review, the FAA did not identify any damage ...

Immigration Ruling Also Halted Buildout of Digital Work Permit System

April 6, 2015 A February court ruling that suspended President Barack Obama's executive action to legalize millions of undocumented foreign children and their parents has partially paused development of the nation’s first-ever online immigration application system. The decade-overdue website, which is not expected to be fully operational until 2018 or 2019, only accepts ...

Hackers Compromise British Airways Fliers, Photoshop ‘Headteacher’ Porn Star, and Snap Up Aetna Patient Records

April 3, 2015 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Autocorrect Strikes Again: Private Details on Obama, World Leaders Mistakenly Emailed to Asian Cup The passport numbers and other sensitive information on heads of state attending last fall’s G20 summit were accidentally compromised ...