The DNI director: There is a red alert warning on the dangerous level of cyber warfare against the United States and worldwide. The warning lights are blinking red again, after they did ahead of 9/11
There is a red alert warning on the dangerous level of cyber warfare against the United States and worldwide. It has been explained by the USA Director of national intelligence (DNI), Dan Coats, during the Dialogues on American Foreign Policy and World Affairs conference, organized by the Hudson Institute. “Today, the digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack,” he underlined. “It was in the months prior to September 2001 when, according to then-CIA Director George Tenet, the system is blinking red – Coats stated -. And here we are nearly two decades later, and I’m here to say, the warning lights are blinking red again.” The DNI director, moreover, is not a “political figure”. He served on the Senate Armed Services Committee and Select Committee on Intelligence. He was also Ambassador to the Germany in 2001, arriving in country just three days before the 9/11 attacks.
The Russia is the most aggressive foreign actor in cyber warfare. Dan Coats: They have capabilities, but it’s their intent to undermine our basic values, democracy, create wedges between us and our allies
As for the top foreign enemies in cyber warfare, for Coats the Russia is the “most aggressive”. Targets for the Moscow-sponsored cyber attacks “include the federal government, the US military, state and local government and U.S. businesses. What’s serious about the Russians is their intent,- the US DNI director continued -. They have capabilities, but it’s their intent to undermine our basic values, undermine democracy, create wedges between us and our allies.” As the next hackers targets he talked about the 2018 midterm elections, but it shouldn’t be the only focus: “Focusing on the potential impact of these actions, on our midterm election, misses the more important point – Coats concluded -: these actions are persistent, they’re pervasive, and they are meant to undermine America’s democracy on a daily basis, regardless of whether it is election time or not.