At a conference on intelligence and national security, Gerstell noted that the Pentagon identifies four countries that could pose a cyber threat to the United States.
“Russia with its great potential for creating problems, especially in terms of spreading false information and misinformation ... Russia is definitely number one,” RIA Novosti quoted him as saying.
In second place among the countries that pose a danger to US cyberspace, he said, is China, which "aims to steal intellectual property and information."
In addition, the Pentagon also oversees North Korea, which allegedly specializes in financial crimes using cryptocurrencies.
“And finally, Iran, which is unpredictable in its actions in the Middle East, but at the same time concentrates on damaging the United States in terms of attacks on infrastructure and the banking system,” Gerstell concluded.
Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that Western countries have shown increased attention to Russian Internet resources.
At the end of July, the Senate intelligence committee of the US Congress recommended abstaining from electronic voting in the context of an investigation into "Russian interference."