January 8, 2021

What happens to congressional computers post-Capitol Mob event?

As I’m sure you’ve all seen by now, a mob entered the Capitol on Wednesday and wore costumes, trashed the place, smoked weed, smeared shit on the walls, and someone died.

But one thing caught my eye: a lot of people entered various congressional offices, and there’s some speculation that Nancy Pelosi’s hard drive is missing and that computers in general should be considered compromised (see Forbes story here: [https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2021/01/07/capitol-hill-mob-accessed-congressional-computers—consider-them-all-compromised](https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2021/01/07/capitol-hill-mob-accessed-congressional-computers—consider-them-all-compromised)).

I have so many questions and wanted to run them by you guys:

-What’s the chance that nation-state intel actors included themselves among the mob and pulled hard drives or installed malware?

-What’s the threat model for a bunch of non-hackers making off with hard drives? Are they smart enough to ship them to Wikileaks? Do they just hang them up on the wall as a hunting trophy? Will the feds have a chance of recovering them if they’re quiet about it?

-If you were advising the tech/security team on Capitol Hill right now, what would you tell them needs to be done?

This is somewhat unprecedented, so I’m curious on thoughts.



I personally would assume everything is compromised.

Would have to trash everything and build up from secured backups. New hardware everywhere.

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