CIA chief warns of Russia’s sophisticated hacking capabilities

CIA Director John Brennan warns that the US must be on guard in the face of Russia’s “exceptionally capable and sophisticated” cyber capabilities.

“I think that we have to be very, very wary of what the Russians might be trying to do in terms of collecting information in that cyber realm as well as what they might want to do with it,” Brennan said Sunday on CBS’s Face the Nation.

The CIA chief refused to give a clear answer when asked whether Russia was trying to influence the US presidential election.

However, he added that the FBI was investigating the recent hack of Democratic National Committee emails.

“We’ve known this for quite a while. Their intelligence services are quite active around the world,” Brennan said.

“And this is something that we have to make sure that we’re on guard for, not just for our national security purposes, but also for making sure that our system of government here is going to be preserved,” he added.

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