Clinton: Cybersecurity will be challenge for next president

Clinton: Cybersecurity will be challenge for next president
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Democratic front runner Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonAssange meets U.S. congressman, vows to prove Russia did not leak him documents High-ranking FBI official leaves Russia probe OPINION | Steve Bannon is Trump's indispensable man — don't sacrifice him to the critics MORE on Wednesday said cybersecurity will have to be a top priority for the next president.

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“It’s one of the most important challenges the next president is going to face because the advances, the offensive advances by nation states that we know are very technically sophisticated — namely Russia, China, next level Iran, next level North Korea — are going to just accelerate,” she said during a town hall meeting in New Hampshire.

But Clinton named rogue hackers — terrorist and criminal networks — as an even more concerning threat against U.S. cybersecurity.

Hackers that operate outside of the law of their given country pose a greater danger “because they have nothing to lose.”

“We have to be operating on both of these levels, making it very clear to Russia, to China, that not only that what their government does through various entities, but also if they outsource the work to hackers, they will pay a price,” Clinton said.

Clinton has spent much of her campaign seeking to distance herself from allegations that her email server was insecure, potentially exposing national security secrets to foreign hackers.

By addressing the topic during the event's Q&A, Clinton is now among the minority of 2016 candidates who have raised the issue on the campaign trail.