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Congress is REALLY bad at cybersecurity

Congress is REALLY bad at cybersecurity
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The folks we elect to make laws in Washington to keep our country safe, don't seem to be doing such a great job at protecting their own websites, emails or even cellphones.

Despite the constant threat of cyberattacks from hackers and foreign governments, it appears that members of Congress aren't taking their own cybersecurity very seriously. The Senate's Intelligence Committee is trusted to set policy and write legislation to defend against cybercrime.  Turns out, members of the committee aren't even taking basic steps to secure their websites or communications.

Just look at Congress’ own cybersecurity practices. None of the members of the Senate’s Intelligence Committee - the most influential cybersecurity oversight body in Congress - have websites that use HTTPS encryption, which is increasingly becoming the standard for websites who want to provide basic security protections for the people who visit them (Google and others have had it for years).

And, that's not all. Very few members of congress or their staffers use encrypted email or cellphones, either. That's a problem because other governments and their intelligence agencies are most likely trying to listen in on their communications, according to ACLU’s Chief technologist Chris Soghoian.

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