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E&C Announces Oversight Hearing on Ransomware Attacks

Jul 13, 2021
Press Release

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chair Diana DeGette (D-CO) announced today that the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the rise of ransomware attacks on Tuesday, July 20, at 10:30 a.m. (EDT) in the John D. Dingell Room, 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Stopping Digital Thieves: The Growing Threat of Ransomware.”

“Ransomware attacks are a rising national security threat, having devastated both private businesses and some of our most critical infrastructure in the last few years. From attacks on our nation’s pipelines to parts of our food supply and health care sector, ransomware attacks have proven to be uniquely dangerous, and they cannot go ignored,” said Pallone and DeGette. “We look forward to learning more about this growing threat, what is motivating these bad actors, and how we stop them.”

This will be a hybrid hearing that includes both in-person and remote member attendance via Cisco Webex video conferencing.  Members of the public may view the hearing via live webcast accessible on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s website.  Please note the webcast will not be available until the hearing begins.

The Committee strongly recommends that members of the media view the proceedings remotely. The Capitol and House Office Buildings currently have restricted access. Seating in the Committee room for credentialed media is very limited. Media must RSVP to their respective press gallery no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, July 19th. 

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Information for this hearing, including the Committee Memorandum and a link to the live webcast, will be posted HERE as it becomes available.