Among the many shocking images from yesterday’s Capitol Hill riot were were some that indicated that rioters had access to official computers. One photo, in a subsequently-deleted tweet from Elijah Schaffer, a reporter for Glenn Beck publication The Blaze, indicated a computer in speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office was left unlocked, with email and other applications accessible. Speculation abounds that hard drives were also being stolen by the trespassers, but there’s little proof they’d been removed from the building.
The teams rebuilding Congress IT systems should consider everything in the breached offices compromised, according to cybersecurity experts and a former Congressional employee. From there, they can make assessments on what went missing, whether anything sensitive was stolen and then how to mitigate the possible impact.
“Certainly it is likely that hardware has gone missing from the Capitol complex when you have an uncontrolled entry,” said Daniel Schuman, policy director at activist organization Demand Progress. Schuman, who has given