US cyberthreat at 'critical point': US intelligence chief

US national intelligence director Dan Coats identified Russia as the most aggressive foreign actor cyber attacker, "no ques
US national intelligence director Dan Coats identified Russia as the most aggressive foreign actor cyber attacker, "no question"

The threat of cyberattacks against the US is at a "critical point," the country's intelligence chief has warned, branding Russia the most "aggressive foreign actor" ahead of President Donald Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin.

"The are there. The system is blinking. It is why I believe we are at a ," national intelligence director Dan Coats said Friday at an event in Washington.

"Today, the digital that serves this country is literally under attack... with the worst offenders being Russia, China, Iran and North Korea," he said.

"Every day they are penetrating our and conducting a range of cyber intrusions and attacks against targets in the United States."

Coats said they target businesses, all levels of government, private institutions and elements of "critical infrastructure"—adding they are intended to undermine democracy on a daily basis, regardless of whether there are elections.

He identified Russia as the most aggressive, "no question."

His comments came as 12 Russian intelligence officers were charged Friday with hacking Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic Party, as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference and potential Trump campaign collusion with Moscow.

Coats said that in the run up to mid-term elections later this year, the US has not yet seen electoral interference similar to that experienced in 2016.

"However," he added, "we realize we are just one click of the keyboard away from a similar situation repeating itself."


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Jul 15, 2018
"adding they are intended to undermine democracy on a daily basis"

-So it's not the fact that the things they uncovered about the dems are all TRUE, or that the dems are too stupid to know enough not to keep top secret info on bathroom servers, but the fact that they chose to share what they found in the public domain, that's the problem.

So who is it exactly who is undermining democracy again?

I'd say russia has been doing democracy a favor by exposing the people who are actively engaged in destroying it.

Jul 16, 2018
Do the Russians have Kompromat on any American politicians? Surely, we can trust our Intelligence agencies, but they are not able to defend us from these politicians who are afraid of losing their reputations.

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