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Conservative writer: US is 'woefully unprepared' for cyberattacks
Conservative writer Bre Payton lamented the state of U.S. preparedness for cyberattacks on Tuesday, saying foreign governments are increasingly prepared to use cyber technology against the U.S.
"We're obviously woefully unprepared when it comes to the way that other governments are gearing up and planning to use technology against us," Payton, a staff writer for The Federalist, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising."
Her comments come as special counsel Robert Mueller continues to probe Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The intelligence community has warned that Moscow will work to interfere in future U.S. elections, and some have warned that it may already be attempting to interfere with the 2018 midterms.
Payton also said the current state of the immigration system is a major concern for her.
"I think it's the holes in our immigration system, and I think that's very clear that there are entities that are on board with exploiting that system," she said.
"I think it's very clear that the government for whatever reason has decided it's not going to invest a ton of resources and manpower on that problem," she added.
A new American Barometer poll conducted by Hill.TV and the HarrisX polling company found that 26 percent of Americans said they believed the biggest threat facing the U.S. is a terror attack, while 15 percent said they thought a potential cyberattack posed the biggest threat.
- Julia Manchester