US Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats on Tuesday told a Congressional committee that Pakistan will continue to be a threat to the US by developing nuclear weapons, and will also remain a thorn in India's side.
Russian hackers are already scanning USA electoral systems, intelligence officials have said, and using bot armies to promote partisan causes on social media.
National security agency directors addressed the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday to discuss emerging threats the United States faces amid technological upheavals.
He has also repeatedly cast doubt on Russia's influence on the outcome of the election.
A Moscow-connected professor reached out to low-level Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos and told him the Russians had "dirt" on Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails". Coats testified that Vladimir Putin is very likely to use authoritarian practices to expand Russia's global influence, and that includes more cyber activities to undermine and stir up chaos in the United States.
The efforts of Chinese companies to carve out a larger presence in the United States and sell more phones and other devices to ordinary Americans represents "counterintelligence and information security risks that come prepackaged with the goods and services", said Sen.
"There should be no doubt that Russia perceives that its past efforts as successful and views the 2018 USA midterm elections as a potential target for Russian influence operations", Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee during a hearing on the top national security threats to the U.S.
Wray echoed the Director, saying the team effort on the part of the intelligence community in its effort to combat cyberattacks is more apparent than the last time he was a government role.
"Frankly, the United States is under attack", Coats said.
"We had then, and continue to have now, grave concerns about the accuracy of the memorandum because of omissions", Wray said. "It's one of the most serious attacks on our country since September 11".
"I disagree. that we are no better prepared", said Sen.
However, both Coats and Central Intelligence Agency leaders, Federal Bureau of Investigation and NSA stressed on Tuesday that y keep ir conclusion about Russian responsibility in electoral interference and warned that y have not perceived any "significant change" on ambitions of Moscow.
America's adversaries are circling like coyotes just beyond the light from the campfire, top intelligence officials warn - but that's not the scariest thing to some members of the Senate intelligence committee.
Democrats are expected to ask whether Wray, who in December defended his agency's independence and integrity before the House Judiciary Committee, is still confident that his agents are acting in an impartial manner in the Russian Federation probe.