“You’ve got to understand why it’s important for us to have protection 24 hours a day. ... We’ve got a whole unit on that,” the California Republican said. “You have to disabuse Members of the notion that, ‘Look, why would anyone hack into my stuff, hack into my personal stuff?”
Rep. Phil Gingrey, chairman of the House Administration Subcommittee on Oversight, said he wants to talk to Lungren about holding hearings on the issue.
“What worries me more than anything, more than some kid in a basement that’s a computer geek, is the state-sponsored hacking, where they’re data-mining and trying to get classified information,” the Georgia Republican said. “We’re concerned about it and likely will do something.”
Similarly, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), appointed by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) earlier this year to head a House technology modernization effort, said the hack is inexcusable and is going to be an ongoing problem.
Complicating the matter is that Members from both chambers employ scores of vendors to create their official websites, which are all hosted on house.gov or senate.gov servers.
“There are outside vendors. Members have flexibility and that’s a good thing,” Chaffetz said. “But on the other side, they’re not getting the same type of attention on the cybersecurity front.”
He said he will ask the chamber’s security officials to brief his technology group on their efforts to rebuff these kinds of attacks.
“I’d like to have people who run the websites and networks explain from their perspective where the vulnerabilities are and what they’re going to do to make sure this will be prevented in the future,” Chaffetz said. “If someone was in here busting in doors breaking into someone’s office, we’d be outraged. We should have the same kind of outrage.”