UPDATED 10:02 AM PT — Tues. February 13, 2018
The Senate Intelligence Committee conducted its annual hearing on worldwide threats, questioning FBI Director Christopher Wray as well as other members of the Intelligence community.
During Tuesday’s hearing, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats said the U.S. is “under attack” from foreign adversaries like China, which has been seeking to gain a foothold in space and penetrate U.S. institutions through cyber warfare.
When discussing North Korea, CIA Director Mike Pompeo warned Kim jong Un is “intent” on staying in power, and there has been “no change” in the threat his regime poses despite a so-called “smile campaign” with South Korea.
“The United States is under attack — Under attack by entities using cyber to penetrate virtually every major action that takes place in the United States,” Coats stated. “From U.S. businesses, to the federal government to state and local governments, the United States is threatened by cyber attacks every day.”
Coats went on to say terrorists have also been taking part in cyber warfare abroad, and mentioned ISIS has been using chemical attacks in Syria.