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US intelligence chief: Cyberterror leading threat

Last Updated: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 22:42

Washington: The top US intelligence official says cyberterrorism is the leading worldwide threat to US security.
James Clapper is director of national intelligence. He is telling Congress today that cyberattacks and cyberspying can damage critical infrastructure like power grids. But in prepared testimony, he says advanced cyber-actors like Russia and China are unlikely to launch such attacks unless they are threatened by conflict.

He gives examples like last year`s denial-of-service attacks on websites for US financial institutions, and the attack against 30,000 computers at Saudi oil company Aramco, as typical of what is to come.

Clapper also says al-Qaeda and its offshoots will continue to plot attacks on US targets. He warns that the Arab Spring revolt has produced a spike in threats, and that Iran continues to present a danger.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 22:42

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