US official: Russian cyber attack possible

US official: Russian cyber attack possible

A top US intelligence official has expressed caution, saying that Russia views US mid-term elections slated for November as a potential target for its influence operations, including cyber attacks.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told a Senate intelligence committee hearing on Tuesday about global threats facing the United States.

Coats said Russia, China, Iran and North Korea are constantly posing cyber threats to the US.

He said that he expects Russia to continue using propaganda, social media and other means to meddle in US politics.

He said there should be no doubt that Russia perceives its past efforts as successful and views the 2018 US midterm elections as a potential target for Russian influence operations.

In testifying, Coats apparently had in mind the 2016 US presidential election in which Russia is alleged to have carried out large-scale interference including cyber attacks.

Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo also attended the hearing. He said the CIA has seen Russian activity and intentions to have an impact on the next election cycle, although he did not elaborate on the activity.