Jul 14, 2018 - World

Intel chief: America's digital infrastructure is under attack

Coats stands alone in a dimly lit Senate chamber

Dan Coats. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

As Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the latest indictments in the Mueller investigation, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats compared the cyber threats posed by Russia to terror threats ahead of 9/11.

The warning lights are blinking red again. Today, the digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack.
ā€” DNI Dan Coats speaking at The Hudson Institute

Timing: Coats' Friday comments come right before President Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. Trump has said he plans to raise election meddling in the meeting.

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