Cyberattacks bigger threat than Capitol riot 2.0: Senate security head

Cyberattacks bigger threat than Capitol riot 2.0: Senate security head


The Senate’s chief law enforcement officer says a potential cyberattack “keeps [her] up at night” more than another Capitol insurrection.

“I worry a lot more about cybersecurity than I do about another mob attacking the Capitol. Certainly, our networks … have attempted intrusions every single day,” Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Karen Gibson told CNN.

“And so cybersecurity for me is a much greater concern than the prospect of thousands of people storming the West Terrace. It is truly the cyber threat that keeps me up at night.”

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Gibson, who took her position in March, said cybersecurity and ransomware threats are a greater concern because they could “cripple” the government.

“I would worry about, I think, nation-state actors or others who might try to just really cripple the government’s ability to function by locking down cyber communications network,” she told the network.

“There are many opportunities for those who wish us harm to do so, in a cyber domain.”

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