US official: Non-state actor likely to blame for cyberattack

WASHINGTON (AP) " National Intelligence Director James Clapper says it appears that a "non-state actor" was behind a massive cyberattack last week that briefly blocked access to websites including Twitter and Netflix.

Clapper says investigators are gathering a lot of data and preliminary indications are that a non-state actor is to blame. But he says he wouldn't want to completely rule out whether a nation state might have been behind it or not.

Clapper spoke Tuesday at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Last Friday, cyberattacks crippled a major internet firm, repeatedly disrupting the availability of popular websites across the United States. Members of a shadowy hacker group that calls itself New World Hackers claimed responsibility for the attack, but that claim could not be verified.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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