How bad was the US Capitol breach for cybersecurity? – TechCrunch

This is the image It has been seen worldwide. One of hundreds of Trump supporters in the private office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after committing uproar in the Capitol and dissolving security in protest against the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s election results. The police were overcome (when they Were not posing for selfies) And some MPs’ offices Trashed and robbed.

As the politicians and their employees were asked to vacate or shelter, a picture of the Congressional computer Left open Still spread rapidly around the internet with a clearance notice on the screen. At least one computer was stolen from the office of Sen. Jeff Merkle, The report says.

A supporter of US President Donald Trump left a note in the office of US President Nancy Pelosi as a protest inside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021. The protesters breached security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the 2020 presidential election electoral vote certification. Image Credit: Sate LOEB / AFP via Getty Image

Most lawmakers do not have access to classified materials, unless it is for their work sitting on sensitive committees, such as the judiciary or intelligence. The classified computers are separate from the rest of the unclassified congress network and are in a designated sensitive compartment information facility or SCIF in the locked-down areas of the Capitol Building.

“no signal [classified systems] Dissolved, ” Tweeted Mieke Eoyang, a former House Intelligence Committee employee.

But the breach will likely be a major task for congressional IT departments, including finding out whether there has been theft and whether security risks can still pose a threat to the Capitol’s network. Former government security architect, Kimber Dowsett, said the building had no plans to respond to the storm.

The threat to the IT network of Congress is probably not as significant Ongoing espionage operations Against the US federal network. But the only saving grace is that so many Congress workers were working from home during the attack due to the ongoing epidemic, which reported a daily record yesterday Nearly 4,000 people died From COVID-19 in a day.


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