Monday, 19 February, 2018

US Intelligence Chief Thinks Russia Might Target The 2018 Midterms

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Ray Hunter | 14 February, 2018, 19:57

In addition to Russian Federation, the report pointed to China, Iran and North Korea as top cyber threats.

- Coats said North Korean nuclear weapons are an "existential" threat to the U.S. "Our adversaries as well as the other maligned actors are using cyber and other instruments of power to shape societies and markets, worldwide rules and institutions, and global hot spots to their advantage".

Leaders of the intelligence community said the United States is "under attack" as it relates to the nation's cybersecurity posture heading into the 2018 midterm elections. "It is the finest group of professionals and public servants I could hope to work for, and every day, many times a day, I'm confronted with unbelievable examples of integrity, professionalism and grit", Wray said. "They are doing that not only in the United States but doing it throughout Europe and perhaps elsewhere". "The president inconceivably continues to deny the threat posed by Russian Federation".

Wray said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been providing "defensive briefings" to larger US telecom companies to recognize the threats.

That effort included hacking and releasing e-mails and documents from the Clinton campaign, filling social media with posts and "news" items aimed at discrediting her, as well as targeting voter-registration operations and election databases.

- Coats also took a swipe at Trump and Congress over the national debt.

US intelligence agencies sharply disagree, and their darker view of Russia's actions was clear on Tuesday. "We are using maximum pressure on North Korea in various ways".

Weapons of mass destruction is No. 2 on Coats' list of threats. "It is certainly an all-of-IC effort". Jim Risch, R-Idaho.

In 2017 North Korea, for the second straight year, conducted a large number of ballistic missile tests, including its first Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) tests.

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Russian Federation and China are expanding and modernizing their WMD arsenals, he said.

American Intelligence Chief Dan Coats has claimed that Pakistan is developing new types of nuclear weapons, including short-range tactical ones.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday that the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is far from over, the Post. Iran is a major state sponsor of terror groups. Coats said vetting such companies was a top priority.

"We need to inform the American public that this is real, that this is going to be happening, and the resilience needed to stand up and say we're not going to allow some Russian to tell us how to vote, how we ought to run our country", Coats said.

"At a minimum, we expect Russian Federation to continue using propaganda, social media, false-flag personas, sympathetic spokespeople, and other means of influence to try to exacerbate social and political fissures in the United States", Coats said.

The heads of the lead U.S. intelligence agencies warned that Russian Federation intends to use cyberattacks, more propaganda, and other tactics to try and influence upcoming elections for the U.S. Congress and in some European countries. The president also avoids criticizing his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, who he repeatedly praised during election campaign.

Pompeo also addressed the Winter Olympic Games which has been a moment for diplomacy between the North and South.

Rogers and FBI Director Christopher Wray and said they, for example, are helping to brief state and local elections officials about the potential dangers from cyberattacks. "They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help". At a meeting with more than 70 countries that contributed to the American-led coalition's efforts to destroy ISIS, Tillerson encouraged actors to focus their attention on fighting extremists in the Middle East and elsewhere; he warned against becoming distracted by "regional rivalries and disputes". The fighting took place on February 7 and 8 in eastern Syria between pro-regime forces and fighters from the USA -led coalition against the Islamic State.

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