Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Top US spying coordinator says cyber attacks more threatening than terror hits


A top US intelligence official has emphasized that cyberattacks on American networks represent worse of a threat to the country than a ground attack by a ‘terrorist group.’

The warning came on Tuesday in an annual report to the US Congress by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who also described North Korea’s nuclear program as a “serious threat” to the United States.  The warning came on Tuesday in an annual report to the US Congress by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who also described North Korea’s nuclear program as a “serious threat” to the United States. 

“Attacks, which might involve cyber and financial weapons, can be deniable and unattributable,” said Clapper in remarks before the Intelligence Committee of the US Senate. 

“Destruction can be invisible, latent and progressive,” he added. 

Expressing concerns about the growing instrumental use of the Internet by nations and “terror groups,” the top US official tasked with coordinating spying operations by various American intelligence agencies further announced that foreign intelligence and security agencies have “penetrated numerous computer networks” run by the government and private corporations in the United States. 

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