China, Russia, and Iran are top cyber threats to the United States

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A report from the National Counterintelligence and Security Center released on Thursday states that China, Russia, and Iran are the top cyber adversaries to the US as these three nations have been caught red-handed conducting foreign economic and industrial espionage on American soil.

The NCSC report says that the said three nations have been consistently stealing the trade secrets of United States for years on a digital note and are still ruining America’s prosperity by invading its security secrets from time to time – all to gain a competitive advantage.

Since Donald Trump is about to impose sanctions on Iran, the country is now topping the list for conducting several cyber operations on US firms and interests. For instance, a hacker’s group named “Rocket Kitten” from Iran has been accused to invade into the defense secrets of US in order to bolster their strength in missile and space programs. So that they can take an edge over the United States in military technology and other areas.

China stands second on the list as it continues to use cyber espionage to support its strategic developments goals such as science and technology evolution, military modernization, and economic policy objectives.

Russia stands in the third position when it comes to the list of US adversaries as it has and is continuing to use cyber espionage skills as an instrument to collect information which benefits its economic interests.

Surprisingly, the list doesn’t include North Korea and it might be due to the fact that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has portrayed truce between the two nations especially after his June ‘18 meeting in Singapore with Donald Trump which went cordially as per the white house report.

In a media briefing held yesterday, William Evanina, the director of the National Counter Intelligence and Security Center told the media that his country will from now not go numb towards its adversaries who have and are stealing the intellectual property and trade secrets of the nation.

As there is no sign of the cyber thefts will stop, Mr. Evanina said that his nation will start becoming aggressive towards such nations in cyber landscape and will start isolating them from the globe in all forms.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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