Rioters Open Capitol’s Doors to Potential Cyberthreats

Rioters Open Capitol’s Doors to Potential Cyberthreats

Posted January 6, 2021

Rioters Open Capitol’s Doors to Potential Cyberthreats

  • The massive pro-Trump demonstrations that saw large crowds riot and then occupy the U.S. Capitol building in Washington Wednesday present a significant potential cybersecurity threat, as protesters appear to have gained access to at least one lawmaker’s office, along with computer systems and other devices, experts say.
  • The unfettered access gained by the protesters opens up a range of security issues, according to cybersecurity executives and analysts. These range from the protestors themselves acting as a cover to launch a cyberattack to threat actors gaining access to critical federal computer systems located in the Capitol building.
  • Security experts worried that the riots and their aftermath might help spread disinformation, as well as open up victims to potential phishing and other attacks as threat actors look to take advantage of the confusion caused by the day’s events.
  • We called out #disinfo repeatedly before & after the election. Yet the President & his campaign/lawyers/supporters fanned the flames for their own selfish reasons culminating with today’s objections followed by his video message. WHAT DID THEY THINK WOULD HAPPEN? They own this. – Tweet from Chris Krebs, Former Director, CISA

– Scott Ferguson and Doug Olenick | January 6, 2021