Laptop stolen from US house spokesman’s office during the siege of the Capitol, Adjutant says

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Laptop stolen from US speaker’s office during the Siege of the Capitol: Adjutant (FILE)

Washington:

A laptop was stolen from the office of House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi during the storm in the US Capitol on Wednesday, a staff member said on Friday.

Drew Hammill, an adviser to Democrat Pelosi, said on Twitter that the laptop belonged to a conference room and was used for presentations. He declined to offer further details.

Electronic device theft from congressional offices has been a persistent concern following the invasion of pro-Trump supporters. Republican President Donald Trump earlier encouraged them to march to the Capitol at a rally while Congress confirmed Democrat Joe Biden’s November 3rd victory.

Senator Jeff Merkley, a Democrat, said on Twitter that a laptop was taken from his office. Acting US attorney Michael Sherwin said Thursday that some of the thefts may have compromised what he termed “national security stocks”.

“We do not yet know how big this damage is,” he said.

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Protesters who broke into the Capitol posted several photos of themselves using conference phones and various other devices. A reporter with the right Outlet Blaze posted a photo of an alleged computer in Pelosi’s office with emails “still on screen”.

What else could have been taken during the chaos is not yet known. Some information technology professionals fear that intruders may have installed malicious software on computers, although it is not clear that devices have been the focus of particular attention.

(This story was not edited by GossipMantri staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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