Clapper: US Must Prepare for ‘A Large, Armageddon-Scale’ Cyber Attack

Maybe one day after all these decades the government will stop saying “we must prepare” and start saying “we are preparing” or, better yet, “we are prepared.

Every year it’s the same parroted line in a differing word order. Everyone wants to warn, and consequently tricking themselves into thinking they made an actual effort, but no one wants to take action. Action is key, not the lights and cameras.

But maybe one day, after all these decades, it’ll change — maybe.



Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said the U.S. must be prepared for a “large, Armageddon-scale” cyber attack during remarks Thursday at an annual conference of U.S. intelligence community members, but he said that was not likely.

“Cyber threats to U.S. national and economic security are increasing in frequency, scale, sophistication and the severity of impact,” Clapper said. “Although we must be prepared for a large, Armageddon-scale strike that would debilitate the entire U.S. infrastructure, it’s not our belief that that’s the most likely scenario. Rather, our primary concern is the low- to moderate-level cyber attacks from a variety of sources which will continue and probably expand. This imposes increasing costs, as you indicate, to our businesses, to U.S. economic competitiveness and to national security.“

A report out Thursday showed the Department of Energy was hacked more than 150 times between 2010 and 2014, making it the latest government agency to be victimized by cyber attacks. A data theft from the Office of Personnel Management reported this year affected more than 21 million people.

Full article: Clapper: US Must Prepare for ‘A Large, Armageddon-Scale’ Cyber Attack (Washington Free Beacon)

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