Security breach shuts down public Wi-Fi at Nebraska Capitol

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Capitol’s public wireless internet has been turned off temporarily after a “critical security breach,” a key state lawmaker said Thursday.

Sen. Mike Hilgers, chairman of the Legislature’s Executive Board, said the Wi-Fi was shut down to protect the state’s network and the private information held by state lawmakers and other state officials.

Hilgers said state officials don’t know who caused the breach and were still investigating. He said the internet service will return as soon as it’s safe. It’s unclear what information, if any, was compromised.

Hilgers’ comments came after several lawmakers complained that they had lost access to the public internet they use to conduct personal business while on the legislative floor. Senators previously had access to their own wireless internet, but that service was taken away last year.