US Homeland Security Says Russia, China Pose Major Threats to US Security
17:50 GMT 06.10.2020
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) â€“ The United States considers Russia, China and White supremacists among major threats to its national security, the Department of Homeland Security said in a new report published on Tuesday.
"China, Russia, and Iran may seek to use cyber capabilities to compromise or disrupt critical infrastructure used to support the 2020 elections and may also use influence measures in an attempt to sway the preferences and perceptions of US voters", the report said, adding that white supremacists remain the greatest domestic threat.
DHS warned that Russia can disrupt or damage US critical infrastructure networks via cyber-attacks.
"Russian state-affiliated actors will continue targeting US industry and all levels of government with intrusive cyber espionage to access economic, policy, and national security information to further the Kremlin's strategic interests", it added.
Moscow can use a range of capabilities including social engineering, publicly known software and hardware vulnerabilities, poorly configured networks, the report noted.
The United States is set to hold a presidential election on 3 November. The US government has accused Russia of meddling in the United States' political process during the 2016 presidential election and to a lesser extent in the 2020 election.
Russia has repeatedly denied the allegations, saying they were invented to excuse the election loss of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and to deflect public attention from actual instances of election fraud and corruption.
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