Republican Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has cautioned the public about potential cyberattacks that could be “100 times worse” than the current widespread cell service disruptions. As was reported, various major cities experienced blackouts in cell service across multiple carriers.

The nationwide outages raised concerns about the possibility of a cyberattack from a foreign enemy. Following these incidents, pharmacies nationwide were also targeted by cyberattacks. While the cause of the cell service disruptions is still unknown, the coordinated cyberattacks on pharmacies were confirmed. In a statement on X, Rubio emphasized that the cell service issues are minor compared to the potential impact of a cyberattack from China.

“I don’t know the cause of the AT&T outage,” Rubio posted Thursday morning on X.

“But I do know it will be 100 times worse when #China launches a cyber attack on America on the eve of a #Taiwan invasion.”

“And it won’t be just cell service they hit, it will be your power, your water, and your bank.”

Rubio issued a warning amidst a surge of AT&T customers experiencing service outages on Thursday morning. These outages affected home phone, internet, and mobile phone services, as reported by tens of thousands of customers on Down Detector.

According to the outage tracking website, the outages began appearing shortly before 3:30 a.m. ET, as indicated by a graph. The majority of users, accounting for 54%, are encountering problems with their mobile phone service.

Over a third of the affected customers mentioned that they have no signal whatsoever, while 8% reported issues with their mobile internet. Several iPhone users expressed that the outage had rendered their devices locked, restricting their usage to emergency calls only.