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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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How Hackers Unlocked OPM Systems and 6 Other Things We Learned about the Breach

June 23, 2015 Office of Personnel Management chief Katherine Archuleta wants you to know she is mad about the breach of personal identification data and background investigations on millions of federal employees. Just don’t blame OPM, she said. The hack at Archuleta’s agency is not the fault of computer security staff or a...

Signs of OPM Hack at Another Federal Agency Turn Out to Be Legitimate Files (UPDATED)

June 22, 2015 Update June 25: The National Archives and Records Administration now says the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team has determined the indicators of compromise detected on agency workstations turned out to be legitimate files not associated with the OPM hack. The original story follows below with some altered language to account...

Hackers Infiltrate Anti-Surveillance Site, Crack Parts of LastPass and Phish in N.D.

June 22, 2015 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Microsoft Corp. Site Promoting Anti-Surveillance Policies Compromised Malicious advertisers, not spies, seem to be responsible for embedding links to casino-related webpages on the website. The site, “Digital Constitution,” which launched mid-2013 after revelations...

Senator Questions Whether Hacked OPM Rigged A Contract With ID Protection Vendor

June 20, 2015 A Virginia senator is calling on the Office of Personnel Management to possibly yank a deal with fraud protection company CSID, in light of questions about contract rigging and the firm's performance providing services to victims of one of the most severe hacks in U.S. history. Since June 8, CSID,...

OPM Breach Notification Frustrates Hacked Feds

June 19, 2015 Some victims of the massive hack of federal personnel records expressed fear their privacy might be violated by fraud protection services the government has outsourced to private companies. As a result, some say they are not enrolling for the free program, and at least one Washington-area senator, citing poor performance,...

This DHS Computer System Will Cost $2 Billion More than HealthCare.gov

June 18, 2015 Federal auditors are blasting a decade-in-the-making government computer system that was supposed to simplify the immigration application process and improve national security. The so-called “Transformation Program” the Department of Homeland Security conceived in 2005 should have transformed paper-based transactions into online forms years ago. But because DHS has reversed course...

Timeline: What We Know About the OPM Breach (UPDATED)

June 17, 2015 Updated June 26 After no fewer than five congressional hearings and countless hours of testimony from government officials, we’re learning more about the massive breach of sensitive government files at the Office of Personnel Management. We’ve learned hackers first breached the Office of Personnel Management’s networks in late 2013, months...

Heated House Hearing Offers New Clues Into How Hackers Broke Into OPM Networks

June 16, 2015 Attackers made far greater headway into federal personnel systems than was first disclosed by the government, gaining a foothold across an entire multiagency data center and striking a second system holding investigative data on employees with access to U.S. secrets. These revelations surfaced during a heated House hearing Tuesday attended...

Here’s What OPM Told Congress the Last Time Hackers Breached its Networks

June 15, 2015 A day after representatives from a cybersecurity firm who happened to be giving a sales pitch say they detected months-old malware on the Office of Personnel Management’s networks, the agency’s chief information officer, Donna Seymour, testified before Congress that OPM’s leadership and cyber defenses were effective at quickly resolving threats....

Hackers Observe Iran Nuke Talks and Stick Up NYC Bitcoin Owner

June 15, 2015 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Spies Hacked Iran Nuclear Talk Hotels Researchers say the malware in play was an enhanced version of Duqu, spyware tied to Israel first identified in 2011. Three hotels were infiltrated by the new-and-improved...