Clapper worries about cyber threat from Russia

Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperOn China, Biden is no Nixon — and no Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report - Speculation over Biden's running mate announcement Trump slams former intelligence officials to explain 'reluctance to embrace' agencies MORE said he worries "a lot more about the Russians" than the Chinese when it comes to cybersecurity.

Clapper made the remarks Thursday at an intelligence conference at the University of Texas at Austin, according to The Wall Street Journal. He also said the United States is "not configured" to handle the threat of cyberattacks. 


Some have speculated that the hack of tens of millions of names and contact information from customers of JPMorgan Chase emanated from Russia.

Other officials have pointed to China as the largest threat to cybersecurity.  

FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump jabs at FBI director over testimony on Russia, antifa Graham: Comey to testify about FBI's Russia probe, Mueller declined invitation Barr criticizes DOJ in speech declaring all agency power 'is invested in the attorney general' MORE said earlier this month that China was a top concern and touted the government's indictment of five members of a cyber espionage group inside the Chinese military.  

"I can tell you — top of the list is the Chinese," Comey said during a "60 Minutes" interview at the time.

"I mean, there are two kinds of big companies in the United States," he added. "There are those who've been hacked by the Chinese and those who don't know they've been hacked by the Chinese."

Comey and Clapper made similar comments about the lack of stealth of Chinese hackers. Clapper on Thursday said Russian hackers are harder to spot, while Comey has compared the Chinese hackers to "drunken burglars."