USA Today: ‘The United States is under attack’: Intelligence chief Dan Coats says Putin targeting 20

By Kevin Johnson


WASHINGTON — Russia and other adversaries will continue to engage in cyber warfare to “degrade our democratic values and weaken our alliances,” the nation's top intelligence official said Tuesday.


“Frankly, the United States is under attack,” Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee, adding that every facet of society is being targeted with cyber intrusions.


In unequivocal language, Coats said Russia President Vladimir Putin has been emboldened by Russia's successful interference in the 2016 elections and is targeting the 2018 election cycle.


“There should be no doubt that (Putin) views the past effort as successful,” Coats said.