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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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Boeing Enters the Super-Secure Smartphone Market With a Focus on Hardware

February 27, 2014 Veteran defense contractor Boeing Co. plans to enter the budding market for cryptophones aimed at foiling spies and hackers by offering the kind of enhanced protection for which the aircraft manufacturer has long been known: tough hardware. The outer shell of the forthcoming “Black” smartphone, which looks like a consumer ...

U.S. Border Drones Need 'Further Refined' Privacy Policies, DHS Chief Says

February 26, 2014 The new Homeland Security Department chief told Congress that he wants to enhance privacy guidelines for the department's use of drones in residential areas -- but DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson stopped short of prohibiting the controversial practice of local police borrowing them. Other agencies, including sheriff’s offices and the National ...

How Technology Will Topple the World's Biggest Drug Cartel

February 25, 2014 An upgrade of the information technology systems running the nation's financial intelligence wing -- set to finish this year -- should bolster efforts to dismantle the Sinaloa cartel, now that authorities have captured the enterprise's leader, former top U.S. officials say. Mexican authorities over the weekend announced the arrest of ...

Dropbox Addresses Government Spying

February 21, 2014 Dropbox, a cloud storage app the government recommends for federal teleworkers, has revised its privacy policy to address concerns about other federal workers spying on users’ data. The new policy, which goes into effect March 24, acknowledges that Dropbox might share user data with outsiders to comply with the law, ...

Hackers Endanger Refugees, Snap Selfies and Bug Expats

February 21, 2014 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Australian blunder exposes asylum seekers’ identities The country’s immigration department accidentally posted, on its website, a database containing family information and other details on 10,000 people – a third of all asylum seekers ...

DHS Wants Facial Recognition Border Surveillance System

February 20, 2014 The Homeland Security Department is exploring technology that would use facial and iris recognition to track the departure of foreign visitors, according to contracting documents. “At land border exit[s], currently there are no biometrics captured resulting in an inability to accurately verify that a departing traveler matches a specific entry ...

DHS Taps Contractors to Continue Supplying Biometric IDs

February 19, 2014 This article has been updated. The Homeland Security Department will extend for another year contracts with Deloitte and XTec for the production of biometric employee badges, while it reevaluates a $103 million award to HP for developing iris and facial recognition credentials. Last September, HP won a competition to enhance ...

Hackers Target VFW Website

February 18, 2014 Attackers slipped malicious code into the U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars’ website (vfw[.]org) through a previously-unknown bug in Internet Explorer 10 as part of cyberspy plot timed to the storm that swept up the East Coast Thursday, shutting down the federal government in Washington. Did you follow that? “We believe ...

Hackers Targeted Key U.S. Industries Through Compromised Websites

February 18, 2014 The Homeland Security Department last year alerted dozens of critical infrastructure operators that attackers might have accessed their networks by tainting external websites that personnel had visited. The detail was disclosed in an annual summary of efforts undertaken by the DHS Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, which aids ...

Aliya Sternstein Answers Your Cybersecurity Questions on Twitter

February 14, 2014 Nextgov senior correspondent Aliya Sternstein joined public relations house Weber Shandwick for its #WSGlobalDef Tweet Chat on Friday to answer questions about the threats agencies face, the new cyber standards just released by the White House, fallout from Edward Snowden's leaks, why you need to worry about the security on ...