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Gov't Warns Industries of Terror Attacks

Critical industries and key infrastructure should take steps to guard against potential terrorist attacks, including checking for possible infiltrators among employees, according to a new government warning. The FBI and the National Infrastructure Protection Center said in the bulletin that security routines should be varied and officials should think back to unusual incidents that might indicate they are being targeted. In addition, the bulletin said that officials should check Internet sites describing their facilities and “consider how that information might assist terrorists interested in planning an attack. Operatives will likely research potential targets extensively prior to an attack.” The bulletin, issued Wednesday, also said officials should examine whether there are threats from “insider” employees who may have been sent to infiltrate their facilities. “Planning may begin months or years before an actual terrorist attack,” the bulletin said. The warning was sent to companies involved in such key industries as telecommunications, heavy industrial plants, energy, banking and finance, as well as water systems, electric utilities, governments and emergency services. It is also posted on the NIPC’s Web site. Full Story

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