United States intelligence chiefs have released a global threat briefing, in which they claim that cyber attacks and cyber espionage are now a bigger threat to the USA that terrorism.
Cyber Threats Now Number 1 Danger
Presenting the findings of the report before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the national intelligence director James Clapper noted that:
“In some cases, the world is applying digital technologies faster than our ability to understand the security implications and mitigate potential risks.”
But despite the stark assessment that cyber threats have now become the biggest danger to the United States, the report played down the possibility of catastrophic attacks in the near term.
China has been blamed for widespread cyber attacks on US based organisations, and the total cost of cyber attacks is estimated to be in the tens of billions of dollars each year.
Al Qaeda Not Threatening US
In his speech to the Senate Intelligence Committee Clapper also claimed that Al Qaeda no longer posed a major threat to America. He claimed that the core of Al-Qaeda had been severely weakened, and that the terrorist group was unlikely to carry out “complex, large-scale attacks in the West.”
Al Qaeda is currently most active in Syria, where it is fighting alongside other rebels to overthrow the government of Bashar al Assad (with U.S. support). See: Al Qaeda’s Evolving Strategy for our own assessment of why Al Qaeda no longer poses a terrorist threat to the USA.
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