Russians Hack U.S. Computer Systems ‘All the Time,’ Clapper Says

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  • Chris Strohm
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  • September 09 2016, 6:30am EDT
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(Bloomberg) -- Hackers in Russia attack U.S. computer systems “all the time” and cybersecurity “will continue to be a huge problem” for the next president, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said.

“The Russians hack our systems all the time, not just government but also corporate and personal systems,” Clapper said Wednesday at the annual Intelligence and National Security Summit in Washington.

Clapper didn’t comment on whether the Russian government is responsible for recent hacking attacks against the Democratic National Committee and other political organizations. However, he said such attacks are examples of how “people all around the world, not just opposing parties, want to know what the candidates are thinking.”

Russian officials have repeatedly dismissed accusations that they hack the U.S. President Vladimir Putin said in an interview last week that it doesn’t matter who is behind the hacks but that “the important thing is the content that was given the public.”

Clapper also sought to downplay fears that the upcoming presidential transition will be rocked by chaos. Although the presidential election cycle has been “sportier than usual,” the upcoming transition “will be OK,” he said.

Clapper said he met with the transition teams for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at the White House two weeks ago. He said he was struck by how “sober and professional and courteous and civil the conversation was.”

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