James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, presented the annual worldwide threats assessment to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Clapper told them that the Russian cyber threat is more severe than they had previously assessed.
Cyber-attacks are the top danger to U.S. national security ahead of terrorism. Clapper states that saboteurs, spies, and thieves are expanding their computer attacks against a vulnerable American internet infrastructure. However, he said that a catastrophic destruction of infrastructure appears to be unlikely.
The intelligence assessment found that Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea are the top nation-state cyber threats. The assessment noted that how “Russian cyber actors” are developing the ability to remotely hack into industrial control systems that run electric power grids, urban mass-transit systems, air-traffic control networks and oil and gas pipelines. The assessment also stated that the “Russian actors” have successfully compromised the product supply chains of three vendor’s websites so customers download exploitative malware directly from their websites along with routine software updates.
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