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HEARING: #SubCommTech & #SubCMT to Examine Recent Cyberattacks NEXT WEEK

Nov 9, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) and the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), have scheduled a joint hearing for Wednesday, November 16, at 10 a.m. in room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Understanding the Role of Connected Devices in Recent Cyber Attacks.”

In light of the last month’s cyberattacks against global Internet routing company DYN and the committee’s ongoing work examining emerging cybersecurity issues, next week the subcommittees seek to examine how Internet of Things (IOT) connected devices are used in cyberattacks to deny access to popular websites or otherwise disrupt online services. The committee has a long track record of examining emerging cybersecurity threats and their impact on consumers and the economy.

“Internet connectivity remains a vital part of our economic well-being and our national security. Americans should not have to worry that the convenience and connectivity of the Internet of Things comes at the expense of the resiliency and reliability of the larger Internet,” said Walden and Burgess. “Next week’s hearing provides our members with an opportunity to learn more about the recent cyberattacks, how cyberattacks are evolving, and what can be done to mitigate future attacks and risks.”

The Majority Memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony will be available here as they are posted.

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