Top Intelligence Official: Cyber Attacks Pose Greatest Threat to U.S.

While the Democrats and the mainstream media are busy running around telling Americans that our democracy is about to fall into the hands of a would-be tyrant in President Donald Trump, the saner heads who run our intelligence community believe that the U.S. needs to be far, FAR more concerned about the threat of international cyber attacks.

In testimony before the Senate on Thursday, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats warned that the U.S. was behind the curve when it came to preparing and fighting the cyber war, even though digital attacks were “one of the top – if not the number one threat” facing the country.

Last week, President Trump took a big step forward on the subject, signing an executive order that outlined plans going forward for federal agencies to get out in front of this dire threat. According to TechCrunch, the timing of the order – though overshadowed by the news of James Comey’s firing – could not have been better:

Firstly, this development was truly important — a serious call to action to beef up government cybersecurity measures at a time when breaches dominate the headlines and mounting worries about a future cyber war among nation-states are legitimate.

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The EO’s call for federal government agencies — especially civilian agencies — to seek opportunities to share cyber technology makes a great deal of sense.

The tech site said it was also time for the federal government to look beyond the usual, established vendors – particularly because some of them have links to China and Russia. But perhaps more importantly, the larger vendors are seldom on the cutting edge of the hacking scene, meaning they don’t necessarily possess the right tools for the modern age.

“We must recognize where most of the innovation in cyber actually takes place — in small, private cybersecurity startups — and take steps to help the government purchase technology and services from these companies,” they wrote. “The government today relies mostly on large, established cyber vendors and integrators, many of which do not sell state-of-the-art wares. The government must restructure procurement policies to attract more innovative blood into the game. Buying yesterday’s solution to defend against tomorrow’s challenges and threats is a waste of time and money — and does not make us more secure.”

A massive cyber-attack could take down much of the Eastern seaboard’s critical infrastructure, leading to widespread power outages, document leaks, and banking crises. In some ways, an attack like that would be even more devastating than the biggest of bombs and the fallout could have far longer ramifications.

It’s time for our nation’s politicians and journalists to dig themselves out of the constant Trump Drama and start paying at least a little bit of attention to the real threats to America’s national security.

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  1. This so called “Threat to our way of life” is directly the result of our own intelligence community’s construction of a cyber attack arsenal intended to be used against others coupled with their lax internal security that allowed it to get hacked and let out into the wild. The CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence dropped the ball on this one, BIG TIME! So now every cyber-thug on the planet can easily get access to some pretty wicked stuff that will make this Ransomware outbreak to appear like spilled milk in comparison.

  2. Maureen Hannon

    Aren’t EMP’s supposed to be the big threat. And weren’t we threatened with an EMP attack a couple of years ago, but nothing was ever done to bring America’s grid up to date.What are we waiting for?

  3. These are the important problems facing our country and the ones are President needs to focus on. Leave the democrats behind in their silly wheelspinnibg games they are an obsolete party and frankly yesterdays news. The democrats only care about holding on to their socialist/globalist agenda, not about this country…or it’s citizens!

  4. No, liberalism is. Every real or perceived threat can be traced directly back to liberal policies.

    • Patriot47, you nailed it, the demoRATS are a disgusting bunch. Drain the swamp as their treasonous act are in our face. They will get what they deserve in the end.

    • Excellent point.

      Our greatest enemy is within…

      Abe Lincoln Lyceum Address
      “How then shall we perform it?–At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it?– Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!–All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.
      At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”

  5. And liberals are complaining this was leaked to the Russians. Liberals are the real threat. North Korea is waiting for a civil was to break out here and then they will attack.

  6. I think what was disclosed yesterday were given to Clinton and of course Obama former employees. I believe our. President should have his serrogates clean out all the federal agencies who have employees. CIA, FBI and DOD and have them thoroughly vetted.

  7. MORE TO COME…….

  8. Comey should have been fired on Jan. 20. I am aghast that the Dems are outraged by this. Comey was their enemy!!!

  9. The article ends with the below appearing, brief but trenchant, pointed comment, which the referenced groups/individuals, I believe, need to pay serious attention to.

    “It’s time for our nation’s politicians and journalists to dig themselves out of the constant Trump Drama and start paying at least a little bit of attention to the real threats to America’s national security.”

    Think that above mentioned groups will recognize this aspect of things?

    • I seriously doubt they will. They are so frightened that our President Trump will rain on their corrupt parade they are messing their collective pants.
      Can you smell it yet????

  10. Terroist’s!! Kill them now. Kill them forever.

  11. Dennis Anderson

    Enough of N Korea blow the satelites out of the sky? Whats the matter with you guttless politicians youre even afraid of black skin tone? Our fore fathers would have slapped the $cheieit out of you then pealed your skin an inch at a time. What irritates me is we even pay you for the trouble you have gotten this country into. Its time for most of you in Washington D.C. to find something other than politics. Youre really bad at the profession youre in.

    • Hear, hear!!! Just kill them. The Koreans have never done nothing for us. Nuke them until they glow!!! Haha.

      • We should use “the mother of all bombs” on NK and avoid the fall-out of a nuke on the surrounding countries.
        Many, many people will die, but if we don’t stop Fat Boy, millions of us will die sooner or later!

        • Let him hit Seattle, San Francisco and L.A. No big losses there. Just a bunch of liberal scum.

          • I DO rather see your point! Still, there are good folk in La La Land too.

          • Name one. Maybe Gary Sinese. Other than that, I want the Kardashians dead. I want George Clooney dead. I want Sean Penn dead. Katy Perry dead. All of Los Angeles wiped out would be marvelous.

          • We could wish for BIG earthquakes along the fault lines to drop them into the ocean! 🙂
            I know my deceased husband has sane kinfolk in CA, but I don’t remember where they reside.
            But it is true that our nation would be much better if the crazies were no longer with us. And if push comes to shove, they may incite a civil war. I hope not. I hope our POTUS can make some much needed changes. When people are working, they are less inclined to act stupidly. Notice I said “less.” Oh, I would put George Clooney at the top of your list of “gone” people!

        • I don’t care about the fallout of a nuke in Asia. Everybody gets what they have coming to them.

          • I think there are many in our government that will get what’s coming to them sooner or later. Hope I am still alive to witness that!

          • To witness the death of all the Democrats, that would be glorious.

  12. You would think that government agencies would “get ahead” with cyber security without an Executive Order. What a bunch of bungling incompetents run this government.

  13. That’s nice BUT: Everyone remember how Silicon Valley stepped up to the plate last year and to a man, refused to work with Trump! In fact, their arrogance and defiance was so bad, it bordered on absolute insanity! Refusal to aid the President to protect this country from devastating cyber attacks! Of course all of CA, Silicon Valley and those companies are run by liberal trash! Time to put devastating pressure on every CEO, every owner and every board member of every one of those countries to either come forward and cooperate willingly for the sake of the country or face takeover with government oversight to ensure this Nation can defend itself! There are those that oppose such heavy handed tactics. All liberals. But such things were done in WWII for the sake of the country. In this case since liberals and democrats oppose National safety and security it must be done!

  14. Green Eyed Lady

    Keep focused on “draining the swamp”.

  15. Like it or not, the solution to all of our national problems is sensible discrimination. First, you have to be agreed on what is illegal. Second, you have to prevent connections which will extenuate circumstances, preventing exposure of people and systems to those whose purpose is to ruin us. If you are unwilling to do that, God help you!

  16. Barrack Hussein Barry Sotero Ovomit is a far greater threat to the US.
    He may have already dropped his bomb.
    Like a poison it’s taking it’s time to spread.

  17. It makes one wonder if the dark state doesn’t have a hand in this. I mean how can a fat Kermit, hermit get so much genius without tapping some endless hole in the USofA???

    https://youtu.be/tOEf0CRa54A

  18. No DC is the greatest threat……

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