USA senators ask vote machine vendors about Russian access to source code

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The letter from Senators Amy Klobuchar and Jeanne Shaheen followed a series of Reuters reports saying that several major global technology providers have allowed Russian authorities to hunt for vulnerabilities in software deeply embedded across the US government.

"Clearly, we have not successfully countered in an offensive way - rather than a defensive way - how to deal with some of the cyber" attacks, Coats said.

Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin "very shortly will be bringing out a list of sanctions on those individuals that had been complicit" in the cyber measures described in the charges announced by special counsel Robert Mueller's office, and that the list also would go beyond those 13 names in the indictment.

Some selections from the report outlining threats from China are presented for readers below.

Appearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee to discuss worldwide threats, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats would not offer details about whether he has spoken to the president about the Russian cyber-operations specifically.

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President Donald Trump has offered to order intelligence agencies to take more action against cyber threats if his intervention is needed, according to the top US spy chief, who said the White House is "actively engaged" in responding to Russian election meddling.

"I did not understand it to be said in the context of Russian influence in the elections", Coats said.

More U.S. sanctions against the Russian Federation may come up in the next few weeks. Senator Mazie Hirono, a Democrat from Hawaii, asked who should lead efforts to counter Russian Federation with this year's elections "right around the corner". Last year, Congress near-unanimously passed a law stepping up mandatory sanctions against Russia's defence, energy, and banking sectors, as well as intelligence, railways, and metals and mining industries. "Persistent and disruptive cyber and influence operations will continue against the United States and European nations and other allies, using elections as opportunities to undermine democracy, sew discord and undermine our values".

The intelligence chief said that "Russia perceives its past efforts as successful and views the 2018 USA midterm elections as a potential target". "This is a high priority for them", he said. We continue to see Russian activities created to exacerbate social and political figures in the United States.

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