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US spymaster warns over low-level cyber attacks

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill February 26, 2015 in Washington, DCA steady stream of low-level cyber attacks poses the most likely danger to the United States rather than a potential digital “armageddon,” US intelligence director James Clapper said on Thursday. “Rather than a ‘cyber Armageddon’ scenario that debilitates the entire US infrastructure, we envision something different,” Clapper told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “We foresee an ongoing series of low-to-moderate level cyber attacks from a variety of sources over time, which will impose cumulative costs on US economic competitiveness and national security,” he said. The past year had seen “destructive cyber attacks” for the first time on US soil carried out by other countries, Clapper said.

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