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WATCH: Top Republicans showered in boos, prompting jokes from Trump

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Two top Republicans likely didn’t get the welcome they expected from the crowd gathered to celebrate former President Donald Trump’s victory in the South Carolina Republican primary on Saturday.

After being recognized by Trump during his speech, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and state GOP chair Drew McKissick were showered with boos that the former president couldn’t even quell.

“No. No. No. No. Remember —” Trump said, laughing, as he attempted to quiet the crowd’s disdain for Graham. “I love him. He’s a good man,” he added, telling Graham to come over to the microphone. 

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The crowd continued to boo as Graham approached the podium and began to speak. He briefly praised Trump for his victory, and the boos continued, albeit more quietly, as he went back to his spot on the stage.

A few minutes later, Trump recognized McKissick to another round of boos, which appeared to surprise Trump.

“We have a highly opinionated group of people,” he said, laughing. “I’ll tell you, they turned very positive on you very quickly, Lindsey,” he added.

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McKissick was re-elected party chair last year, but has dealt with waves of infighting in recent years, while Graham still faces sharp criticism from within his party for what some see as him abandoning Trump in the final days of his term following the Jan. 6 protests at the U.S. Capitol, which turned violent.

Graham was one of the earliest elected officials to endorse Trump and has advocated the former president choosing his Senate counterpart, fellow South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, as his vice presidential running mate.

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Conservatives back Trump, call on Haley to drop out after South Carolina primary

Former President Trump’s victory in the South Carolina Republican primary Saturday night quickly sparked a response from conservatives on social media, many of whom said they believe GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley should step aside and drop out of the race.

The primary was called for the former president and 2024 GOP frontrunner just moments after polls closed Saturday night, with Trump saying he looks forward to delivering his signature line to President Biden: “Joe, you’re fired.”

“Congratulations to President Trump on another DOMINANT primary election victory in SC,” Florida GOP Rep. Byron Donalds wrote in a post on X. “Nikki Haley has lost BIG in every primary & she’s now lost her home state. It’s clear Republicans want President Trump to be our nominee & Nikki Haley has no pathway to victory.”

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Kansas GOP Sen. Roger Marshall also weighed in on Trump’s victory, writing on X, “Congratulations to President Trump for his landslide victory in South Carolina. It’s past time for the GOP to end this political primary charade and unite behind the clear nominee, Donald J. Trump.”

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah said the “(proverbial) lady is now (metaphorically) singing. Trump won. It’s over. Haley should drop out now.”

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Radio host and former presidential candidate Larry Elder said that Haley “loses and declares victory.”

Haley, however, has said she is staying in the race.

“I’m a woman of my word. I’m not giving up this fight when a majority of Americans disapprove of both Donald Trump and Joe Biden,” she told supporters.

“Today, in South Carolina, we’re getting around 40% of the vote. That’s about what we got in New Hampshire too. I’m an accountant. I know 40% is not 50%. But I also know 40% is not some tiny group,” she said. “There are huge numbers of voters in our Republican primaries who are saying they want an alternative.”

“We’re headed to Michigan tomorrow. And we’re headed to the Super Tuesday states throughout all of next week,” she said.

Commentator Jesse Kelly called on Trump to take a forward-looking approach as he took another step closer to becoming the nominee.

“Time for Team Trump to tighten up messaging and stop talking about Nikki Haley. And Ron DeSantis. Take the W and focus on Biden. Absolutely zero benefit comes from blasting the ones you’ve beaten,” he said.

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When asked by Fox News Digital whether he wanted Nikki Haley to drop out of the race, Trump told Fox News Digital that he’s “really not thinking about that… I’m not thinking about it.” 

“I’m really thinking about we have to beat Joe Biden,” he told Fox News Digital. “I don’t know if she’s in the race at all, because, you know, I have set records in every single state. I’m not sure that she’s really in the race.”

Fox News’ Emily Robertson, Aubrie Spady and Brooke Singman contributed to this report. 

Common sleep disorder can lead to serious health problems, expert warns

Esther Rodriguez Villegas, a professor at Imperial College London and founder of the London-based medical technology company Acurable, is sharing common health and well-being issues that can result from sleep apnea — a problem that can be disruptive for both sufferers as well as their loved ones.

One of these risks is cardiovascular disease. The sudden and frequent drops in blood oxygen caused by sleep apnea can “put a strain on the cardiovascular system and cause increased blood pressure,” Villegas told Fox News Digital in an interview.

“If symptoms persist over a long period of time, this increases the chances of serious cardiovascular problems, such as heart attacks, strokes or abdominal aortic aneurysms, to name a few,” she said.

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The “potentially serious” sleep disorder known as sleep apnea causes breathing to stop and start repeatedly during sleep, according to Mayo Clinic’s definition.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one type of sleep apnea that occurs when “throat muscles relax and block the flow of air to the lungs,” Mayo Clinic explained on its website.

Central sleep apnea (CSA) happens when the brain fails to send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.

And yet, while sleep apnea can affect anyone, certain factors such as excessive weight and thicker neck circumference, which can cause narrower airways, can increase the risk, according to Mayo Clinic. 

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Older men are at a higher risk of sleep apnea, as well as those who consume alcohol, smoke or use sedatives or tranquilizers.

Increasing evidence suggests that the drops in oxygen are linked to years of reduction in life expectancy, the doctor noted.

Diabetes can be another outcome of sleep apnea, as patients with type 2 diabetes have a “very high” prevalence of OSA, according to Villegas.

“Unfortunately, most don’t know they have obstructive sleep apnea, while recent evidence has demonstrated that untreated disease leads to significantly worse glycemic control — in other words, worse progression of their diabetes,” she said.

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Since sleep apnea “severely disrupts rest at night,” Villegas warned that the condition can impair energy and concentration levels during the day.

This can result in an increased risk of car accidents, according to the expert.

“The statistics vary, but it is thought that in Europe, for example, untreated sleep apnea is the second leading cause of car accidents,” she said.

This lack of energy can also affect school or work performance, which can lead to disciplinary issues or accidents.

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“Children with sleep apnea are often found to underperform at school and are sometimes misdiagnosed with ADHD,” said Villegas.

“They are often labeled as aggressive or having behavioral issues, when in fact it is the result of untreated sleep apnea.”

People with sleep apnea are also more likely to experience mental health issues, Villegas added, such as low mood, irritability, anxiety and depression.

Recognizing sleep apnea

A frequent symptom of sleep apnea is loud snoring, which is usually a clear warning sign for partners or family members in the home.

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But there are some hidden sleep apnea symptoms that could be overlooked, Villegas warned.

These can include waking up frequently at night; waking in the morning with a headache, dry mouth, or sore throat; or feeling fatigued, irritable or in a bad mood during the day.

Other sneaky symptoms of sleep apnea can include night sweats and erectile dysfunction, Villegas said.

Sleep apnea in children can show up as bad behavior, struggles at school, or sleeping in unusual positions, like with their neck extended.

Treating the condition

The most common treatment for sleep apnea is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, which Villegas described as a “mask worn overnight that pushes pressurized air into the windpipe to keep it open while sleeping.”

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Alternative treatments include a variety of mandibular advancement devices (MADs), which hold the tongue and jaw in the correct position to prevent airway blockages.

Nose, throat and mouth surgery could also help correct these blockages, Villegas said, while tonsillectomies are common in children.

In many cases, lifestyle changes such as weight loss, reducing alcohol intake and quitting smoking can improve or eliminate symptoms entirely, Villegas said.

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Approximately 30 million people have sleep apnea in the U.S. — yet only six million are officially diagnosed, according to the American Medical Association.

For those who believe they may have sleep apnea, Mayo Clinic recommends seeking out a health care provider for examination and treatment.

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Amy Schumer reveals she’s been diagnosed with rare medical condition

Amy Schumer is opening up about her health.

The comedian made news earlier this month when several people commented on her appearance as she promoted a new season of her show, “Life & Beth.” At the time, she admitted that her face was “puffier than normal,” and now she’s revealing that she’s been diagnosed with Cushing syndrome.

Specifically, she has exogenous Cushing syndrome, which is caused when a person takes a large amount of synthetic steroids over time. Schumer has said that she also has endometriosis, which can be treated with these steroids.

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Speaking to Jessica Yellin in her “News Not Noise” newsletter, Schumer said, “I feel reborn. There are a few types of Cushing. Some that can be fatal, require brain surgery or removal of adrenal glands.”

She continued, “While I was doing press on camera for my Hulu show, I was also in MRI machines four hours at a time, having my veins shut down from the amount of blood drawn and thinking I may not be around to see my son grow up. So finding out I have the kind of Cushing that will just work itself out and I’m healthy was the greatest news imaginable.”

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The “Trainwreck” star noted that it’s been “a crazy couple weeks” in her world, especially because she’s had to deal with critical comments in addition to her health issues.

Still, she said that she’s thankful for those comments, “Because that’s how I realized something was wrong.”

Schumer went on to say that she wanted to share the details of her condition so that she could “advocate for women’s health.”

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“The shaming and criticism of our ever-changing bodies is something I have dealt with and witnessed for a long time,” she said. “I want so much for women to love themselves and be relentless when fighting for their own health in a system that usually doesn’t believe them.”

“I want women to know it’s abnormal to have extremely painful periods and to find someone with experience in diagnosing and operating for endometriosis … I want women vomiting horribly into their second and third trimester [to know they] may have hyperemesis gravidarum like I had. I want women to value feeling strong, healthy and comfortable in their own skin.”

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She acknowledged that she is “extremely privileged to have the resources I have for my health and I know it’s not that way for most people. I am grateful and want to use my voice to continue to fight for women.”

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Schiumer concluded her message by saying, “The only other thing I’d like to add is that this is a good example of the fact that we never know what is going on with someone. Everyone is struggling with something. Maybe we can all be a little kinder to each other and ourselves.”

Seattle Seahawks legend booked into jail, not his first run-in with law

Seattle Seahawks legend Richard Sherman was booked into a Seattle jail early Saturday morning for allegedly driving under the influence, court records show.

The “Thursday Night Football” pre- and postgame analyst was booked into King County Jail at 4:27 a.m. after his arrest by Washington State Police.

Records show Sherman was still in custody at the time of publication. 

No other information was made available about the arrest.

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Sherman was arrested three years ago outside of his in-laws’ house in Redmond and faced charges of driving under the influence and two domestic-violence-related misdemeanors.

After that arrest, police said Sherman crashed his SUV in a construction zone and tried to break into his in-laws’ suburban Seattle home.

His father-in-law, Raymond Moss, told officers he armed himself with a handgun and fired pepper spray at Sherman to protect his family.

At the time, Sherman said he was “deeply remorseful for my actions” and that he “behaved in a manner that I am not proud of.” He said he had been “dealing with some personal challenges over the last several months, but that is not an excuse for how I acted.”

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He eventually pleaded guilty to first-degree negligent driving, second-degree criminal trespass and speeding in a roadway construction zone as part of a plea bargain and served no jail time.

Sherman spent seven of his 11 seasons with the Seahawks, playing in two Super Bowls with them and winning one. He spent three more seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, losing the 2020 Super Bowl to the Kansas City Chiefs.

He played one final season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2021.

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Sherman was named to the Pro Bowl five times and a first-team All-Pro three times.

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Gov. Kemp demands answers from Biden about immigration status of suspected murderer

Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is demanding answers from the White House following the tragic killing of a 22-year-old nursing student, Laken Hope Riley, on the campus of the University of Georgia.

The letter came as 26-year-old Jose Antonio Ibarra, was charged as the suspect in the murder of the 22-year-old nursing student on the UGA campus.

Three ICE & DHS sources told Fox News that Ibarra is a Venezuelan national who crossed illegally into El Paso, Texas, in September 2022 and was released into the U.S. via parole.

Kemp addressed a letter to President Biden on Saturday morning, seeking clarification and demanding the White House secure the southern border.

“Frankly, Mr. President, your continued silence in response to these reasonable requests is outrageous,” Kemp wrote in the letter, which was posted on X. “The American people deserve to know who is illegally entering our country due to your administration’s failures, and what risks and challenges every state must now face.”

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In the letter, Kemp sought information on Ibarra’s current immigration status and why the administration had allegedly underscored the urgency of sharing the suspect’s immigration status promptly.

“Why was my administration not made aware of the asylum claims and subsequent release of an illegal resident who presented fraudulent identification?” Kemp asked. “What is the current immigration status of Jose Antonio Ibarra and why has this information not been relayed to my administration?”

“What additional information does your administration possess regarding these individuals and the circumstances surrounding their entry into the country?” Kemp asked.

Kemp emphasized how his administration was forced to rely on unofficial sources and leaks to media outlets for information on Ibarra — rather than ICE & DHS officials.

He asserted that answers to Ibarra’s immigration status must be provided publicly as soon as possible to ensure that state and local officials have the necessary information to safeguard communities.

“While media reports surrounding this case have relied on sources and leaks from your own federal agencies, the answers to these basic questions must be provided publicly as soon as possible to ensure state and local officials have the information we need in order to keep our communities safe,” Kemp said.

Kemp demanded that the federal government must secure the border before Riley’s fate is “replicated across the country.”

“These tragedies are not unique to Georgia. While we will continue to support Texas with National Guard resources as we have since 2019, federal action to secure the border is the only way to wholistically [sic] address this ongoing crisis and ensure Laken Riley’s horrible fate is not replicated across the country,” Kemp said. “However, if you continue to refuse to exercise your authority as president, your administration must provide the information necessary for Georgia and other states to protect our citizens.”

The White House insisted on Friday that House Republicans stand in the way of a solution to what Biden has called a “broken” immigration system. 

“For the past several months, we worked with Republican senators and also Democrats in the Senate to try to come up with a fair and tough piece of legislation that would deal with border security,” Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters at the daily White House press briefing. 

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Jean-Pierre noted that a bipartisan deal reached last month had been endorsed by the Border Patrol union before Johnson declared it “dead on arrival.” 

“Speaker Johnson has gotten in the way of this,” she added. “We did our job. The Senate did their job in a bipartisan way. 

Ibarra was taken into custody by UGA police Friday and has been charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, hindering a 911 call and concealing the death of another, UGA Police Chief Jeffrey L. Clark said during a news briefing Friday evening.  

Riley, an Augusta University nursing student, was found dead Thursday after previously attending UGA before entering a nursing program at the University of Augusta’s Athens campus. 

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According to an incident report obtained by Fox News Digital, multiple officers began searching for Riley near the Intramural Fields around 12:07 p.m. At 12:38, a UGA police officer spotted her on the ground. 

“I called out to Riley, and I did not get a response,” the officer wrote.

She had visible injuries, and police could not locate a pulse. They began CPR anyway. A sergeant arrived with a defibrillator minutes later and unsuccessfully attempted to revive the victim.

Autopsy results remained pending Friday, but authorities said they were investigating her death as a homicide. Clark said it appeared as though she had been killed by blunt-force trauma.

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Kemp’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Fox News’ Michael Ruiz, Chris Pandolfo and Bill Melugin contributed to this report.

Woody Johnson spotted behind Trump during South Carolina victory speech

New York Jets owner and billionaire businessman Woody Johnson stood in support behind former President Trump in South Carolina on Saturday night after Trump was quickly projected the winner of the state’s primary.

Johnson, who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom during the Trump administration, was on stage alongside his wife Suzanne behind Trump as the former president delivered a speech after his quick victory in the Palmetto State primary on Saturday.

Johnson, a member of the founding family of Johnson & Johnson, has previously expressed support for the former president during the 2024 campaign. 

“Americans remember how good it was or how much better it was on the border, and inflation, and gas prices, and grocery prices, all that, during the Trump administration, and they want to get back there,” Johnson told News’ Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo earlier this month. 

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“So I think the most important thing is getting the former president back in the White House, which looks like it’s happening.”

Fox News Digital reached out to Johnson’s representatives but did not immediately receive a response.

WATCH: TRUMP RALLYGOERS REVEAL WHOM THEY WANT AS VICE PRESIDENT

Trump’s rapidly-called victory on Saturday over former U.N. ambassador and former two-term South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley in her home state moves the former president another step closer to clinching the 2024 GOP nomination. 

“It’s an early evening and a fantastic evening,” Trump told a crowd of supporters gathered at the South Carolina state fairgrounds in Columbia, the state capitol, just minutes after polls closed and he was declared the victor.

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“Celebrate for 15 minutes, but then we have to get back to work,” he added, referencing next week’s Michigan primary, and Super Tuesday the following week.

Fox News Digital’s Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Top House Republicans flee Capitol Hill amid rising chaos, division

The House Republican Conference is bracing for the loss of several top lawmakers at the end of this year, with both rising stars and veteran legislators getting ready to retire after months of chaos.

Financial Services Chairman Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., announced he would be leaving in December after 10 terms in Congress. And just this month, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.; Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green, R-Tenn.; and China select committee Chairman Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., all said they’re ending their time in Congress. 

“It just reflects how Congress has just become a bad workplace. And when you talk to members, they’re not happy,” veteran GOP strategist Doug Heye told Fox News Digital.

Heye said he was “not surprised” by McHenry’s exit, noting that he’s at the end of House Republicans’ conference rule imposing three-term limits on top committee spots. However, he called departures like Rodgers’ and Gallagher’s “shockers.”

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“[Rodgers] had time to go still as chair. People typically don’t leave their committee if they have time to go. Gallagher was certainly seen as a real up-and-comer,” he said.

John Feehery, a partner at EFB Advocacy who worked for ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert, said some of the top Republicans departing are likely not enthused about the prospect of working under another possible Trump administration, but their replacements in the House would likely think differently.

“I think the political implications now are that there were a lot of members who probably weren’t all in on MAGA, and their successors are going to be, I think, much more solidly pro-Trump,” Feehery said. “I also think there’s just a general frustration with the inability for Republicans to really kind of score victories.”

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House Republicans have struggled to show a united front for much of the 118th Congress, chiefly due to having a razor-thin majority. The public shows of division, including booting their own speaker from power in October, have sown doubt in the GOP’s ability to hold onto the chamber.

Chairman Green brushed off those concerns and told Fox News Digital even outside of Congress he would keep fighting for GOP wins.

“I won’t speak for others, but I’m ready to continue the fight — in a new capacity. If Republicans are in the minority next year, I’m confident they will continue to do their best to protect the American people from the swamp, but I know from experience that this is difficult to do in the minority. That’s why this upcoming election is so extremely important,” Green said.

Green is leaving Congress after one term leading the Homeland Security Committee, which he called “challenging, rewarding and meaningful.”

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He said he was “hopeful” Republicans keep the majority next year, adding, “Americans aren’t asleep at the wheel. Each day, they feel the strain of inflation and the consequences of big government.”

But if they do, Heye warned that the ranks of GOP committee leadership could look much different.

“I think it’ll be some of both [establishment Republicans and hardliners],” Heye said. “But the majority of Republican members haven’t served in times before Trump, meaning they’re new to this job. They’re still trying to figure out what the job is, and certainly … running the House, they’re new to that. So, that’s a challenge. Then you have some who don’t really want to run committees in the way that committees need to be run. And that presents problems.

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“We’re losing good people who know how to do the job.”

Feehery suggested it’s more likely that those committee spots will be taken by those closest to House GOP leadership at the time.

“My sense is it’s more of the team players who are going to have a better shot of rising up to be chairmen,” he said.

Fox News Digital has reached out to the offices of McHenry, Rodgers and Gallagher.

Law expert fears cyberattacks will ‘increase, continue’ in wake of pharmacy, AT&T outages

Thursday’s flurry of outage worries was just the beginning of what one law professor cautioned as impending threats on infrastructure and national security.

“The main concern that I’m seeing is these cyberattacks continue to increase, and the government is just going to try and pass the buck,” NetChoice Vice President, general counsel and internet law professor Carl Szabo said on “FOX & Friends” Friday.

“Less than 0.05% of cyberattacks get prosecuted. That means 99%, 99% of cyberattacks go un-prosecuted. So the cyberattacks are going to continue,” he added, “and somebody is dropping the ball. And in this case, it’s the government.”

Early Thursday morning, AT&T service suffered a nationwide outage most prominently impacting Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and Miami service areas. A U.S. defense official told FOX News on Thursday that there was “no indication it was a cyberattack.”

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And while the FBI and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said they began investigating the outages, pharmacies across the country reported delays by early Thursday afternoon to prescription orders due to a cyberattack against one of the nation’s largest healthcare technology companies, Change Healthcare.

Change Healthcare, which handles orders and patient payments throughout the U.S., first noticed the “cyber security issue” affecting its networks Wednesday morning on the East Coast before disconnecting its systems.

“Most cyberattacks take about 280 days to trace where they are, what happened,” Szabo noted. “We have learned that this is likely a foreign encounter.”

“This isn’t new,” the legal expert further warned. “We saw Sony get hacked by North Korea. We saw the Colonial Pipeline shut down just a couple of years ago with these ransomware attacks. We’re seeing ransomware attacks against our hospitals. What we need is law enforcement to go out and do its job. We need less talk, more prosecutions.”

Szabo recommended Americans take technological precautions to ensure their personal information is protected against a future cyberattack.

“Make sure you secure your personal email. Use unique passwords. Activate two-factor authentication because until the government steps up and starts doing its job,” he said, “we need to secure ourselves.”

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AT&T apologized to customers Thursday for the outage and said it likely came from a software error. On the other hand, Change Healthcare has not given a definitive timeline for a return to service, but said outages are expected to last through Friday.

“This is why America needs to continue to be the leader in technological dominance in the world. We gave away our energy independence,” Szabo reflected, “we can not give away our technological independence.”

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