By EMILY J. HOGAN
THE HARVARD CRIMSON
At the dawn of a new political administration, the United States faces
evolving security threats that must be addressed through dynamic
intelligence practices, the director of national intelligence, Mike
McConnell, said in a speech at the Harvard Kennedy School yesterday.
"With weapons of mass destruction that could result in the death of
many, many people - chemical, biological and nuclear weapons - we assess
the likelihood of each," said McConnell, who became the second director
of national intelligence in 2007. "The likelihood of nuclear attack is
less but is not eliminated."
Cyberterrorism is yet another rising danger, McConnell said.
"The cyber threat is the soft underbelly of the United States,"
McConnell said. "The United States depends on the cyber infrastructure
more than any other on earth."
He said that the American financial system is especially vulnerable to a
type of cyberterrorism he referred to as "data destruction."
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