Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Director of National Intelligence warns of IoT security threats

Director of National Intelligence warns of IoT security threats

"This aggressiveness was evident in Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 USA election and we assess that only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized the 2016 USA election-focused data thefts and disclosures, based on the scope and sensitivity of the targets", Coats wrote in his statement.

The National Intelligence Director urged China's President Xi Jinping to do more.

The heads of six US intelligence agencies reviewed a slew of national security challenges facing the United States, warning about deteriorating security in Afghanistan, China's rising challenge, and Russian and other countries' use of cyberspace to target the USA and its allies. Coats declined to provide such details in an open hearing. Sen.

The U.S. intelligence community has confirmed that Iran is developing "a range of new military capabilities to monitor and target U.S. and allied military assets in the region, including armed UAVs [drones], ballistic missiles, advanced naval mines, unmanned explosive boats, submarines and advanced torpedoes, and anti-ship and land-attack cruise missiles", according to Coats.

And North Korea's statements that it needs nuclear weapons to survive suggest that Kim "does not intend to negotiate them away at any price", Coats said at a Senate intelligence hearing on worldwide threats.

On Afghanistan, Coats said the situation "will very likely continue to deteriorate, even if global support is sustained".

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"It's clear that we have assessed this as a very significant, potentially existential threat to the United States that has to be addressed".

Coats described the growing threat of Iran's missile program in a written testimony to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday. Stewart noted that North Korea has expressed the goal of creating an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tipped with a miniaturized nuclear weapon, and each test comes with progress towards that explicit goal.

"Kim is attempting to prove he has the capability to strike the USA mainland with a nuclear weapon", Coats said.

For the Trump Administration, facing a question whether to increase the United States troop levels in Afghanistan, this can't be good news. Coats said Afghan troops suffer from "combat casualties, desertions, poor logistical support and weak leadership". The report said that Iran is continuing to develop ballistic missiles, which are "inherently capable of delivering [weapons of mass destruction]". But much of the attention turned to Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, making his first public appearance in that role since President Donald Trump fired James Comey on May 9.

US National Intelligence Director Dan Coats said on Thursday that even if the US and its allies increase their military aid to the war-torn country, the security situation there is still likely to deteriorate.

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