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James Clapper: Cyber Attacks Target US Presidential Campaigns

James Clapper
James Clapper

James Clapper, director of national intelligence, has warned about what he calls indications of cyber threats against the 2016 U.S. presidential campaigns, Politico reported Wednesday.

Clapper told his audience at an event hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center that authorities have discovered actors who are waging cyber attacks against campaign-associated organizations and individuals, Darren Goode reports.

He said the Department of Homeland Security and FBI currently apprise the Republican and Democratic presidential campaigns of potential cyber threats, according to the report.

Clapper said the threats come from various entities such as Iran, China, Russia and the hacker collective Anonymous, CNN reported Wednesday.

“Each has different objectives… The one thing they have in common, they all operate on the same Internet,” Clapper said, according to the report.

Nicole Gaouette reports Clapper considers cyber as the top risk that the U.S. faces due to the diversity of the intrusion types and their impact on economic security.

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