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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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Hackers Label Trump a ‘Shape-Shifting Lizard’ on Billboard, Overthrow North Korean Facebook Knockoff, and Steal NFL Players' Medical Evaluations

June 6, 2016 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Texas Trump Opponents Have Fun with Insecure Road Sign The same digital billboard in Dallas was changed twice in less than 48 hours by a person not employed by the Texas Department of...

Fashion Industry Tells Feds: We Need Better Cybersecurity for Internet-Connected Clothes

June 2, 2016 The fashion industry is urging Washington not to hinder creativity when the government formulates policies surrounding the internet of things, as everyone from Met Gala celebrity guests to U.S soldiers slips on wired garments. During February's New York Fashion Week, designer Nayana Malhotra wrapped models in pieces that served as...

TSA Wants New Scanners That Will Allow Fliers to Keep their Shoes On

June 1, 2016 With more travelers taking to the skies and threats continuing to evolve, the Transportation Security Administration is out with new priorities for passenger screening that involve more artificial intelligence -- and will let you keep your shoes on. Late Tuesday afternoon, TSA asked security vendors and experts to help overhaul...

The Puzzle of When the OPM Hack Was Discovered Might Not be Solved After All

May 31, 2016 Story has been updated. A probe into who discovered a years-long hack into background checks on U.S. national security workers might not be case closed after all. Security vendor CyTech now claims that during an April 21, 2015, product demonstration, its technology uncovered, for the first time, malware siphoning off...

Hackers Remember Your MySpace Password, Steal from Military Base Exchanges, and Force Reddit to Reset Your Password

May 31, 2016 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Remember MySpace? Well, So Do the LinkedIn Hackers. The same person who last week was selling data on more than 164 million LinkedIn users (cleaved from a 2012 breach), now claims to have...

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...