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US officials fear al-Qaida will attempt a massive September 11
anniversary attack by sabotaging a major utility facility with the use
of insiders that the terrorist organization has successfully planted in
such facilities, a US intelligence report released on Wednesday states.
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quoted the new US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report as
warning that violent extremists have obtained such insider positions and
are planning physical and cyber attacks at a major facility, including a
chemical or oil refinery.
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"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 US
facilities," the report reads. "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
Although the US State Department says no specific threat exists, materials recovered during the operation that killed Osama bin Laden
in May suggest that al-Qaida seeks to carry out an attack on or around the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
"While DHS has no specific, credible intelligence of an imminent threat
posed to the private sector utilities, several recent incidents
highlight the on-going threat to infrastructure in the utility sectors
from insiders and outsiders seeking facility-specific information that
might be exploited in an attack," ABC quoted DHS press secretary Matt
Chandler said. "We will continue to work closely with our state and
local partners, including our partners in the utility sector, to take
steps to best protect from potential threats – including protecting our
nation's infrastructure. This includes sharing information as well as