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Significant terrorist “insider” threat to U.S. utilities

August 7, 2011 at 9:11 am By Roz Potter

From U.S. Homeland Security via ABC news:  Link


Sabotage by an insider at a major utility facility, including a chemical or oil refinery, could provide al Qaeda with its best opportunity for the kind of massive Sept. 11 anniversary attack Osama bin Laden was planning, according to U.S. officials.

A new intelligence report from the Department of Homeland Security issued Tuesday, titled Insider Threat to Utilities, warns “violent extremists have, in fact, obtained insider positions,” and that “outsiders have attempted to solicit utility-sector employees” for damaging physical and cyber attacks.

“Based on the reliable reporting of previous incidents, we have high confidence in our judgment that insiders and their actions pose a significant threat to the infrastructure and information systems of U.S. facilities,” the bulletin reads in part. “Past events and reporting also provide high confidence in our judgment that insider information on sites, infrastructure, networks, and personnel is valuable to our adversaries and may increase the impact of any attack on the utilities infrastructure.”

To read more,  Link

CBS news: Credible terrorist plot to poison restaurant and hotel food

December 22, 2010 at 12:02 am By Roz Potter

The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota cites a 12/20/10  CBS news report that says federal officials warned executives in the hotel and restaurant industries that terrorists might try to poison food with ricin and sodium cyanide.

Snip: The plot, uncovered earlier this year, called for putting the two poisons in salad bars and buffets at many locations on one weekend, the story said.

Here’s the original CBS story. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/12/20/eveningnews/main7169266.shtml

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