By Ben Bain
Feb 13, 2009
This year's annual threat assessment from the Director of National
Intelligence (DNI) found that malicious cyber activity grew more
sophisticated, targeted and serious during the past year and that trend
is expected to continue during the next year. The assessment also said
the intelligence community expects disruptive cyber activities to be
part of future political or military conflicts.
The unclassified findings of the assessment were presented by DNI Dennis
Blair before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee Feb. 12. Blair's
predecessor, Mike McConnell, presented cited a similar trend regarding
cyber threats in the 2008 annual report.
The release of this year's assessment came days after the Obama
administration said it will conduct a full-scale review of the
government's cybersecurity efforts. That review will include a look at
the multiyear, multibillion-dollar Comprehensive National Cybersecurity
Initiative (CNCI) that started in January 2008.
The report said threats to the information networks of the United States
come from nation-states, criminals and terrorist groups have expressed a
desire to use cyber means to target the United States.
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