As the United States prepares for the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, terrorists are hoping to mark the event their own way – by murdering more American civilians.Security officials in the United States are on high alert over a “credible” pinpoint warning of a planned terrorist attack, to be carried out on September 11. The attack was allegedly planned by Al Qaeda terrorists in Pakistan.
Feds watching possible terror plot for NY, D.C.
"There is specific, credible but unconfirmed threat information," said Janice Fedarcyk, the assistant director in charge of the FBI's New York division. "As we always do before important dates like the anniversary of 9/11, we will undoubtedly get more reporting in the coming days."
While the report is unconfirmed, a number of officials say that there are enough elements lined up to have them concerned about this threat stream more so than the others they have seen in recent days.
Reports: Credible terror threat to New York and D.C.
The threat would target New York City or Washington, D.C., sources said. Authorities have obtained what they believe is information on possible suspects tied to central Al Qaeda, but they have not necessarily determined names of possible suspects…
According to a senior U.S. official with knowledge of the threat, “People are aggressively pursuing leads,” and it is “specific enough to elicit worry.” Another senior U.S. official stressed the threat is still “unconfirmed” so it is being chased down and investigated…
“It feels more than aspirational,” one official said.
Nuclear warheads could be next Stuxnet target: Check Point
Due to the complexity and sophistication of the code contained within the Stuxnet worm, the possibility of it being used to take control of a nuclear warhead is high, according to a security expert.
Teller confirmed the code in Stuxnet could be modified to launch new SCADA attacks. “Nuclear warheads are controlled by computers so if someone managed to slip a worm inside a facility that will reach the warhead component, they could launch it and than aim it back at the country’s facility,” he said.
“Stuxnet is the first cyber weapon that could cause major disruption."
Global economy looks increasingly gloomy
From Seoul to Washington, policymakers are increasingly worried about the outlook for the global economy.
Central banks in Europe and Asia took a new, more cautious stance on Thursday and Brazil said the deteriorating world economy prompted its surprise rate cut last week.
U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank would do what it takes to lower unemployment and boost disappointingly weak growth, but offered no details on what that would entail.