More Russian cyberattacks on elections likely, USA intelligence chief says

More Russian cyberattacks on elections likely, USA intelligence chief says

Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats said during a a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday that "the decision time is becoming ever closer" in terms of how the US responds.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Russian Federation, as well as other foreign entities, were likely to pursue more cyber attacks on USA and European elections this year and beyond.

Coats said that Russian Federation will continue using propaganda, false personas and social media to undermine the upcoming election.

Leaders of US intelligence agencies warned on Tuesday that Russian Federation will try to interfere in the 2018 USA midterm elections by using social media to spread propaganda and misleading reports, much as it did in the 2016 campaign.

In what should come as a surprise to literally no one, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Donald Trump - in his heart of hearts - still does not believe that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

National security agency directors addressed the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday to discuss emerging threats the United States faces amid technological upheavals.

King said he "understands the president's reluctance" on the issue because Trump thinks the Russian story undermines his 2016 election victory. Coats said vetting such companies was a top priority.

On Feb. 13, the chief officers of top USA intelligence agencies presented a report on global threats to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

The Senate Intelligence Committee held its annual hearing on "world threats" to the USA, and there wasn't much good news.

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"We can't fully police social media", said FBI Director Christopher Wray.

"China and Russian Federation will seek spheres of influence and to check USA appeal and influence in their regions", Coats said in his prepared testimony.

The midterm elections are slated for November 6.

"Let me be clear".

The heads of the CIA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency, as well as the director of national intelligence, were all in agreement about how important it is to address this threat.

'We've had more than a year to get our act together, ' top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee says.

Coats, a former member of the Intelligence Committee, guided a virtual tour Tuesday of security threats faced by the United States and its allies. The Department of Homeland Security has encouraged select state elections officials to obtain security clearances so they can be more fully briefed.

The remarks made by Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence, came three days after Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists attacked the Sunjuwan Military Camp in Jammu, killing 10 people including seven soldiers.

Senate Democrats said that national cry needs to begin with President Trump. Jack Reed (D-RI) if Trump directed any of the intelligence heads present at the hearing to stop Russian Federation from meddling, FBI Director Christopher Wray said he was "not specifically directed by the president".

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