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Olympics- Cyber attack seen as emerging threat for London 2012 ^ | Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:48am EDT | Avril Ormsby

Posted on 07/28/2009 1:52:49 AM PDT by Cindy

LONDON, July 21 (Reuters) - Olympic organisers are "very alive" to the threat of a cyber attack on the London 2012 Olympics, made more challenging because of its evolving nature, senior Interior Ministry officials said on Tuesday.

Ticketing systems, the transport network and hotel bookings as well as security are among potential targets.

Olympic security officials are also planning for the possible diversion of aircraft to protect airspace around the venues from terrorist attacks, the officials said.

The greatest threat to security at the Games is international terrorism, the government's latest "Safety and Security Strategy" report said.

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1 posted on 07/28/2009 1:52:49 AM PDT by Cindy
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2 posted on 07/28/2009 1:55:29 AM PDT by Cindy
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London? The Olympics? OMG, what a recipe for disaster that is.

3 posted on 07/28/2009 1:56:43 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (The revolution IS being televised.)
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4 posted on 07/28/2009 2:01:59 AM PDT by Cindy
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Off [Thread] Topic, but interesting:

“Britain opts out of NATO cyber centre”
Friday, July 24, 2009

SNIPPET: “Britain is following the US’s lead in setting up a cyber warfare centre that is jointly run by the intelligence agencies and the military.”

5 posted on 07/28/2009 2:10:08 AM PDT by Cindy
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what are the odds that something bad will happen?

6 posted on 07/28/2009 4:51:24 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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Ticketing systems, the transport network and hotel bookings as well as security are among potential targets.

7 posted on 07/28/2009 6:25:36 AM PDT by SunkenCiv ( Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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what are the odds that something bad will happen?

Depends on what's left of Britain by then. Right now, I'd say it's a certainty.

8 posted on 07/28/2009 7:04:49 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (The revolution IS being televised.)
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it’s ok, shiara law will be implemented during the games. the women will perform in burkas.

9 posted on 07/28/2009 7:08:46 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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Before we were attacked on Sept 11, Osama Bin Laden was planning on blowing up the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor near the 2000 Sydney Olympics.


I doubt terrorist are only interested in an electronic jihad in 2112.

10 posted on 07/28/2009 8:35:12 AM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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Thanks for that link. I’m going to link to it on some of my web pages DocRock.


“I doubt terrorist are only interested in an electronic jihad in 2012.”

I agree.

Terrorist desires and actions (including the global jihad) is a 24/7 activity.

A very small sampler:

11 posted on 07/28/2009 11:15:57 AM PDT by Cindy
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Thanks to DocRock for this SportsIllustrated/CNN/AP link. Posting this here for archival purposes.

stepping back in time...

“Officials downplay terrorist plot”

Latest: Saturday August 26, 2000 01:34 AM

SNIPPET: “SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Australian authorities have played down an Olympic terrorist threat after reports emerged that New Zealand police had foiled a plot targeting a nuclear reactor in Sydney.”


stepping back in time...


SNIPPET: “Olympic Countdown: 12 Weeks Until the Opening Ceremony

ERRI SYDNEY 2000 OLYMPIC’S SPECIAL REPORT-ERRI Risk Assessment Services: Friday, June 23, 2000

Update and Assessment of Security for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

Produced by Jeremy Zakis, ERRI Analyst in Australia



- Usama bin Laden Organization Biggest Threat to Olympics

- Islamic Terrorist Links Investigated

- Bomb Squad in Force During Olympic Games


- “S-11” Threat During Olympics

- ERRI Olympic Games Security Assessment


- PROFILE: The Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Security Team


Usama bin Laden Organization Biggest Threat to Olympics

Australian authorities repeatedly say there is “no specific threat” of terrorism against the Olympic games beginning September in Sydney, but sources in the security teams said that a judgment was made that any terrorist threat was likely to come from the Usama bin Laden-funded groups.

Olympic security officials have already dealt with a number of threats leading up to the Sydney 2000 games. One of the more serious came to head on May 22nd when a 28-year-old man in Sydney was arrested in possession of explosives after making numerous threats to Olympic organizers. Authorities said the man changed his name to his idol Martin Bormann, one of Adolf Hitler’s henchmen, and was described as a racist. Olympic Investigation Strike Force officials making the arrest also seized a number of racist documents at his home. Hydrochloric acid, chlorine, gasoline and fertilizer — all major ingredients for making explosives — were found in a bunker below his Sydney home.

Usama bin Laden was publicly acknowledged as a serious concern on June 4th when Australian and international intelligence agencies reported they were alarmed at the emergence throughout South and South-East Asia of terrorist groups linked to Usama bin Laden.

The announcement coincided with separate media report in the Australian newspaper Sunday Age, that bin Laden associates were suspected of buying biological weapons from an undisclosed former Soviet State. Intelligence sources had told reporters bin Laden had purchase of deadly anthrax and plague viruses from arms dealers in Kazakhstan.

The intelligence source also gave some information about their mission: “Essentially the fight against this sort of terrorism is preventive - it comes down to the agencies stopping the people who do this sort of thing from coming in.”

“If there is a flaw in intelligence and this sort of (biological) attack happens, we can do little but react and try to minimize the human damage,” the unidentified source said.

Pre-Games intelligence operations include a massive surveillance operation and prior to the games the Australian Bureau of Criminal Intelligence and Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO), with the help of international agencies in the United States and Israel, will also be coordinating criminal intelligence assessments before and during the Olympics. The latest overall assessment by Sydney 2000 Olympic security officials is that the risk of terrorism is low.

Islamic Terrorist Links Investigated

Australian security agencies earlier this month investigated phone calls made to numerous New South Wales (NSW) addresses in late 1992 and early 1993 by convicted Islamic extremists linked to the February 26, 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York. Unidentified sources told The Age newspaper that phone records from the period showed extensive telephone contact between the Usama bin Laden associates and NSW before and after the bombing in New York.

The associates were identified as El-Gabrowny, charged with conspiracy in the bombing and Mahmud Aboulahimi, charged for being one of the New York bombers. They had made telephone calls lasting from nine to 19 minutes to businesses in Dean Park, NSW and Yagoona, NSW on March 20 and 21. A third person involved in the WTC bombing, Mohammed Salameh was also preparing to apply for migration to Australia at the time of the crime.

Bomb Squad in Force During Olympic Games

Over one fifth of the security force present at the Sydney 2000 Olympics will be bomb squad according to Olympic security chief Paul McKinnon. About 1800 personnel, 1100 soldiers and 700 police officers will be deployed around the games in September conducting explosives searches on all vehicles carrying Olympic VIP’s, athletes and officials before entering the venues.

Bomb officers will also have the task to searching 56 Olympic venues including marathon routes, Sydney Harbour exclusion areas and Olympic family hotels before setting a top-security lock-down before the games.”

12 posted on 07/28/2009 11:28:51 AM PDT by Cindy
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“Enforcement action threatened at Tablighi Jamaat mega-mosque site”
By Akhenaten • on September 18, 2009

For Immediate Release

SNIPPET: “Enforcement action threatened at Tablighi Jamaat mega-mosque site
Newham Council “doing the right thing at last” says Cllr Alan Craig. “Compulsory purchase of site must be next step”

Islamic group Tablighi Jamaat (TJ), some of whose supporters in Walthamstow were convicted of planning airline terrorist atrocities last week (see note below), has been threatened with enforcement action by Newham Council over its continued unlawful use of the ‘mega-mosque’ site at West Ham, close to the London 2012 Olympic stadium.

TJ has erected a temporary structure on site and has been using it daily without planning permission since October 2006.

In response to yet another challenge at Question Time by Cllr Alan Craig, leader of the Opposition on Newham Council, the borough’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration Cllr Conor McAuley indicated that TJ have now been given until January 2010 to come up with a masterplan for the site or face enforcement action. He also disclosed that the Council will not be offering temporary planning permission for the current buildings on site. (For full text of Statement, see below.)

“At last Newham Council is doing the right thing,” said Cllr Craig who is leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance group on the Council. “The Town Hall has been giving TJ preferential treatment for too long by allowing them to use the site unlawfully for three years.”

13 posted on 09/19/2009 7:29:59 PM PDT by Cindy
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Hat Tip: Jawa Report

September 19, 2009
“A Terrorist Associated Mosque Near Site of 2012 Olympics”

14 posted on 09/19/2009 7:32:17 PM PDT by Cindy
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“Security guard at Olympic Stadium found with Semtex”
By Andy Bloxham 11:26PM BST 30 Mar 2011

SNIPPET: “A female security guard at the 2012 Olympic Stadium has been arrested with what is thought to be Semtex plastic explosive in her car.”

SNIPPET: “The 40-year-old dog handler was stopped by police officers from the Olympic Site Support Unit in a car park off Pudding Mill Lane, close to the stadium in east London, on Tuesday.

She was found to be carrying plastic explosive and class A drugs.”

SNIPPET: “”Searches were carried out at residential addresses in Kent and London, no further substances were found.”

15 posted on 03/30/2011 6:21:12 PM PDT by Cindy
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“Militant Muslim warns Royal wedding terror attack is ‘highly likely’”
Last updated at 2:40 PM on 1st April 2011

SNIPPET: “Firebrand cleric Anjem Choudary has warned that a terror attack is ‘highly likely’ at the Royal wedding.

The hate preacher has told all Muslims to stay away from Westminster Abbey on April 29, describing it as ‘a prime target’.

Choudary has also been preaching to followers of the hate group, Muslims Against Crusades, and is backing its plan for a ‘forceful demonstration’ at the wedding.

Choudary said: ‘All Muslims should stay away from the public gatherings like the Royal wedding and the Olympics because there is a very high likelihood of an attack.

‘Prime targets most probably would be public gatherings like that, so I think Muslims in general should stay away to avoid injury.”

16 posted on 04/05/2011 1:49:11 AM PDT by Cindy
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Terrorists Might Try WMD Strike at London Olympics: Risk Report
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

SNIPPET: “A recent threat analysis says that terrorists might attempt to use an unconventional weapon against the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the London Independent reported on Sunday (see GSN, March 23, 2010).

The British government’s security plan for the games warns of strikes involving “chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear substances.” It characterizes the Olympics as “an appealing target” and warns that attacks on the transit system are among “the more likely to be attempted.”

Another assessment issued this month by the consulting firm Executive Analysis warns it is “highly likely” that Islamic militants would attempt to carry out acts of terrorism during the games. However, actual sporting events are less likely to be hit than “soft targets” including shopping malls, bars and transit operations, the report says.”

17 posted on 04/14/2011 2:53:23 AM PDT by Cindy
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“British Authorities Prep For Olympics With Terror Drill”
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

SNIPPET: “British law enforcement and armed force personnel conducted a terrorism response exercise as part of efforts to prepare for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday (see GSN, April 13).

The three-day event was said to occur within the Olympic village, the grouping of competition facilities and training sites where the Summer Olympics are to take place.”

18 posted on 05/12/2011 12:06:54 AM PDT by Cindy
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“MI5 recruits “telephone spies” to listen in on London 2012 plots”
by Chris Hughes, Daily Mirror 14/09/2011

19 posted on 09/24/2011 12:49:04 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: All "200 SUICIDE BOMBERS 'PLANNING ATTACKS IN UK' At least 200 potential terrorists are actively planning suicide attacks while living freely in Britain, intelligence chiefs have warned ministers." by Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent (SNIPPET: "A senior intelligence source has revealed that the figure is a "conservative" estimate of the threat facing the country from UK-based Islamist suicide bombers. The would-be killers are among 2,000 extremists who the security services have said are based in Britain and actively planning terrorist activity of some kind. The figures are contained within a secret government report on the "enduring terrorist threat" facing the UK from al-Qaeda and affiliated organisations, The Sunday Telegraph has been told.") (October 8, 2011, 9:00 pm BST)
INVESTIGATIVE - For The Record - The IPT Blog: "UK INTELLIGENCE: SUICIDE BOMBERS AWAIT LONDON OLYMPICS" (SNIPPET: "British intelligence officials say there could be 200 potential suicide bombers in the country, many waiting to strike during the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Senior intelligence officials called the figure a "conservative estimate" and that the network behind them could involve up to 2,000 active Britain-based Islamist extremists. Train stations or public events are the most likely targets, the Telegraph reported...") (October 11, 2011, 1:23 pm)

20 posted on 10/11/2011 3:13:24 PM PDT by Cindy
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“Potential IRA ‘threat’ looms large over 2012 Olympics”
Last Updated: Sunday, February 05, 2012, 16:37 154 1

SNIPPET: “London: The Irish Republican Army (IRA) is reportedly planning to carry out major terror attacks during the Olympics and Jubilee celebrations in Britain.”

SNIPPET: ““Nothing can be ruled out when it comes to big events like these,” said a member of Continuity IRA.”

JIMMY - Dublin
this is not the ira. this is a spin off group who has called themselves the ``continuity ira``. the only group that is known as the ``ira`` are the provisional ira.

21 posted on 02/05/2012 5:15:13 PM PST by Cindy
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[Note: Media contact phone number deleted in this post by me.]


NOTE The following text is a quote:

King Statement on Visit to London on Security of 2012 Olympics

FEB 28, 2012

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement on his visit last week to the United Kingdom to focus on international efforts to secure the 2012 Summer Olympic Games:

“My counterterrorism-focused visit to London was very productive. During the four-day visit, I continued a series of meetings with my British counterpart, Rt. Hon. Keith Vaz, Chairman of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, and met with the U.S. Ambassador Louis B. Susman, senior U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officials, and a number of British security officials, including the heads of British security services MI5, MI6, and New Scotland Yard.

“I received extensive and focused briefings from personnel responsible for security of the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. I was briefed on the current and anticipated terrorist threats to London and the Games, the significant vulnerabilities of the Olympic sites, and security enhancements being made to address them. Particularly concerning is the fact that the Olympic site is located in the area of London where so many of the recent Islamist terrorist threats have originated.

“I was pleased to observe the close coordination between the U.S. and U.K. law enforcement and intelligence agencies. We can be proud of the important contribution that U.S. personnel are making to help secure the Games.”


22 posted on 02/29/2012 2:08:31 AM PST by Cindy
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SNIPPET from post no. 22:

"Particularly concerning is the fact that the Olympic site is located in the area of London where so many of the recent Islamist terrorist threats have originated."

23 posted on 02/29/2012 2:12:41 AM PST by Cindy
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24 posted on 02/29/2012 2:19:15 AM PST by Cindy
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“Security Forces Will Outnumber Athletes Nearly 4 to 1 at the 2012 London Olympics”
March 5, 2012

25 posted on 03/05/2012 12:16:53 AM PST by Cindy
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NOTE The following text is a quote:

Total Policing

Olympic and Paralympic Games Blog: Exercise Forward Defensive
01 March 2012

National Olympic Security Coordinator, Assistant Commissioner Chris Allison

During last week I was one of the 2,500 people put through their paces as part of Exercise Forward Defensive. The exercise aimed to test, from constable through to COBR, how we all responded to a partially exploded bomb on the underground during Games time.

“Just as athletes prepare to be at the top of their game so must we.”

Just as athletes prepare to be at the top of their game so must we. As the Met’s Gold Commander on the 7th July 2005 I am only too aware of the genuine value in exercising and testing our responses at every level to incidents such as these. We must all understand how we work together and be reassured that the right people are in the right places.

I spent the two days of the exercise in the National Olympic Coordination Centre at New Scotland Yard, attending COBR meetings and meeting with my key people to keep an oversight of what we were all doing to keep London, the UK and Games safe and secure.

It was an excellent exercise and throughout the Met, and the other organisations who played, debriefs are taking place to make sure we get what learning we can.

This week I’ve been down to Eton Dorney with the Home Secretary and Thames Valley Police Gold John Turnbull to look at the venue and police security plans for the rowing, Paralympic rowing and the canoe sprint.

For the last two days I’ve been with police colleagues from across the country, being updated on Gold plans from across the 12 venue forces and briefing my national colleagues on where we are with Games safety and security planning.

With only 148 days until the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games we are in a good place to deliver what will be the Police Service’s biggest ever peacetime safety and security operation.

26 posted on 03/05/2012 12:20:46 AM PST by Cindy
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“London 2012 Olympics: MI5 tells Cabinet terror threat remains ‘substantial’

MI5 director-general Jonathan Evans briefed the Cabinet on the terrorist threats facing the UK in the run-up to the London Olympics.”

By Telegraph staff and agencies 1:29PM GMT 20 Mar 2012

27 posted on 03/26/2012 1:19:30 AM PDT by Cindy
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“London 2012 Olympics: terrorists ‘plotting cyanide poison hand cream attack’

Terrorists linked with al-Qaeda are plotting a cyanide poison attack on London Olympics by mixing chemicals with hand cream, it has been reported.”

7:45AM BST 26 Mar 2012

SNIPPET: “Extremists have posted “detailed instructions” on a website with links to the terror group on how launch an attack this summer’s games in the capital.

One member, called Abu Hija Ansari claimed the cyanide should be mixed with an unidentified hand cream so it could be absorbed through human skin, according to The Sun.

Writing in Arabic, he said anyone planning such an attack should wear “medical gloves” as they produce their lethal mixture.”

SNIPPET: “The newspaper said they were able to access the website, which has 17,000 members worldwide and known links to six al-Qaeda terrorists, using a false identity.

A second extremist, who has not been identified, also wrote on the website: “It is a good idea and you need to plan well.”

Writing under a logo of the 2012 Games, she said: “It’s time to prepare for the event, as once again they are interfering with innocent Muslims.””

28 posted on 03/26/2012 1:55:32 AM PDT by Cindy
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“Convicted terrorists released this week ahead of Olympics

Two convicted terrorists, including one involved in the “liquids” plot to blow up trans-Atlantic passenger jets, will be back on the streets this week after being released from prison.”

By Tom Whitehead, Security Editor7:00AM GMT 19 Mar 2012

SNIPPET: “Nabeel Hussain was jailed for eight years in 2009 for his part in the 2006 plot to blow up aeroplanes using hydrogen peroxide disguised in soft drink bottles.”

SNIPPET: “In a separate case, Tariq Al-Daour, a former law student, will also be released have served half his time.

He was jailed for ten years in 2007 after inciting terrorism against non-Muslims over the internet.”

29 posted on 03/26/2012 2:16:47 AM PDT by Cindy
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“Olympic Plan To Put Missiles On Block Of Flats”
7:56am UK, Sunday April 29, 2012

SNIPPET: “The army is planning to position soldiers and surface-to-air missiles on top of a block of flats to prevent any airborne terror threat during this summer’s Olympic Games.

Residents of the block in Bow in east London received a leaflet on Saturday informing them up to 10 soldiers and police will be stationed at the building.”

30 posted on 04/29/2012 12:26:22 AM PDT by Cindy
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“Olympic Games ‘not immune’ to cyber-attack”

SNIPPET: “The London Olympics “will not be immune” to cyber-attack, Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude has warned.

He said attackers “would seek to disrupt the Games”, noting that the Beijing Olympics saw 12 million cybersecurity incidents in 2008.

“We have rightly been preparing for some time a dedicated unit which will help guard the London Olympics against cyber-attack,” he said.

“We are determined to have a safe and secure Games.”

Mr Maude, who is responsible for the UK’s Office of Cyber Security, made the comments during a visit to Estonia, a country considered a pioneer in the field.

“UK government networks continue to be regularly targeted by foreign intelligence agencies, or groups working on their behalf,” he said.

“And we know that the threat is accelerating.””

31 posted on 05/04/2012 2:36:25 AM PDT by Cindy
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NOTE Video included.

Naval Open Source INTelligence:

“UK military shows off missiles to protect Olympics”
(May 5, 2012)

32 posted on 05/05/2012 2:29:27 AM PDT by Cindy
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NOTE Videos included.

“Worker Smuggles Fake Bomb Onto Olympic Park”

2:33pm UK, Sunday May 06, 2012

SNIPPET: “Questions have been raised about security at the Olympic Park in east London after a worker managed to smuggle a fake semtex bomb on to the site.

According to The Sun On Sunday newspaper, the unidentified man drove past two checkpoints in a digger without being challenged.

The ‘device’ was contained in a clear plastic container placed inside the cab.”

33 posted on 05/07/2012 1:28:15 AM PDT by Cindy
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“Games will be al-Qa’ida target, says Europol
Intelligence agency believes terrorists want to make a symbolic strike after Bin Laden’s death”

SUNDAY 27 MAY 2012

34 posted on 05/27/2012 2:27:52 AM PDT by Cindy
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“London Olympics Ushers In IT Security Threats”
Jennifer LeClaire - June 19th, 2012


“Cyber attack warning for London 2012”
by Anh Nguyen
May 3, 2012

35 posted on 06/20/2012 3:14:17 AM PDT by Cindy
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“European anarchists could target Olympics, police and security officials fear”

SNIPPET: “Anarchist groups from across southern Europe may target the Olympics in their anti-austerity campaign, police and security sources believe.”

By Tom Whitehead, Security Editor6:30AM BST 21 Jun 2012

SNIPPET: “Violent groups who clashed with police in Greece and Spain over austerity cuts could launch an attack on the summer Games to ensure worldwide publicity, it is feared.

The Italian group, the Informal Anarchist Federation, has already threatened to wage a “low-intensity war” against the Olympics.

That group, known by its Italian initials FAI, has also been linked with a failed mail bomb attack on a German bank.

The hacking group Anonymous has also warned it intends to target the global event.

One security expert last night said anarchist groups on the Continent are increasingly supporting one another and may team up with UK counterparts this summer.”

36 posted on 06/21/2012 1:36:14 AM PDT by Cindy
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“London 2012 Olympic security visualized

Missiles, dog teams, and FBI agents are all part of the security plans for the 2012 Olympics in London. We explore the people (and animals) behind the numbers.”

By Jennifer O’Mahony12:18PM BST 21 Jun 2012

37 posted on 06/23/2012 2:28:36 AM PDT by Cindy
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“US-UK Security Experts Unite for London Olympics”

Jun 27, 2012
Associated Press| by Paisley Dodds


SNIPPET: “The British military has already made headlines with the weapons it will have available - surface-to-air missiles, RAF Typhoon combat aircraft and an aircraft carrier docked on the Thames, the river that cuts across London close to several Olympic sites.”

SNIPPET: “Despite the U.S.-U.K. collaboration, there will still be differences in how the London Olympics is policed. Most of the security personnel will be unarmed - a striking difference to operations in the United States.”

38 posted on 06/28/2012 2:34:25 AM PDT by Cindy
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“London police arrest 2 terror suspects”
By LISA LUNDQUISTJune 28, 2012 3:10 PM

SNIPPET: “Earlier today, counterterrorism police made arrests at two separate east London addresses, detaining two unnamed male suspects, aged 32 and 18. A UK security official told The Associated Press, “This doesn’t appear to be a big investigation, but it’s still early days.” Security in and around London has been stepped up over the past several months in anticipation of the Olympics, which open on July 27.

The AP report quotes Mizanur Rahman, 29, an acquaintance of the two suspects, as saying that the 18-year-old suspect goes by the name “Jamal ud-Din,” and that the older man is called “Zakariya.” Rahman also offers an explanation for the suspects’ recent suspicious activities — canoeing on the river that goes through the Olympics site, and shooting airguns at a nearby range — as simply “people trying to get into the Olympic spirit” that would likely be “paint[ed] by the authorities as jihad training.”

Rahman goes on to identify the man he calls Jamal ud-Din as the same man who appears in a YouTube video last year delivering an Islamic rant, according to AP.

Although the connection has not been confirmed, it is likely that the 29-year-old Mizanur Rahman quoted in today’s article on the London terror arrests is the same person who was sentenced in 2007 to six years in jail for soliciting murder and stirring up racial hatred in connection with the Prophet Mohammed cartoon controversy. [See San Francisco Chronicle coverage of the trials: In Britain, getting tough with violence-inciting Muslim protesters.]

Another article, from the Daily Mail in 2008, notes that jailed 25-year-old Mizanur Rahman, a website designer, had managed to get over 900 emails posted on an Islamist website since his incarceration the year before for inciting murder.”

39 posted on 06/29/2012 3:33:04 AM PDT by Cindy
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“APNewsBreak: 2 Terror Suspects Arrested in London”

LONDON June 28, 2012 (AP)

SNIPPET: “London police have detained two British Muslim converts on suspicion of terror offenses Thursday, a U.K. security official told The Associated Press.”

SNIPPET: “Scotland Yard identified the men as an 18-year-old and a 32-year-old, but didn’t give their names. The force said in a statement the pair was arrested early Thursday at separate addresses in east London.

A man who identified himself as a friend of the detainees identified the 18-year-old as Jamal ud-Din and said the older man was someone he knew only as “Zakariya.””

SNIPPET: “Security services across Europe have long been alert to the activities of extremist Muslim converts.”

40 posted on 06/29/2012 3:40:43 AM PDT by Cindy
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London 2012 – Visitor Information for Olympic and Paralympic Games

This summer, London will host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. American visitors will join millions of others from around the world, descending on London in a celebration of sport. The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will bring together athletes from 205 countries competing in 26 different sports.

Summer 2012 will be a very busy time in London with not only the Olympic Games (July 27 – August 12) and Paralympics Games (August 29 – September 9), but also the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (June 2-5), Wimbledon Tennis Championships (June 25 –July 8), and many other special and seasonal events. Flights are filling up quickly and fares are likely to increase as the summer approaches. To avoid disappointment, make your flight arrangements as soon as possible.

Use the information and resources below to have a safe and enjoyable Olympics experience.

41 posted on 06/29/2012 4:45:14 AM PDT by Cindy
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For The Record - The IPT Blog
“13 Islamists Arrested in Separate British Cases”

by Daniel E. Rogell • Jul 6, 2012 at 4:05 pm

SNIPPET: “Six terrorism suspects were arrested Thursday in a raid which British officials said was not connected to the city’s 2012 Olympic Games. Seven more Islamist suspects were picked up Friday when a random police search turned up firearms and other weapons.”

SNIPPET: “Neither plot targeted the Olympics, which begin in three weeks. But the events took place among heightened security around the games. British authorities have taken precautions against lone wolf terrorists, the use of vehicles and planes as weapons, and even cyber threats.”

42 posted on 07/07/2012 2:19:56 AM PDT by Cindy
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“Al-Qaeda terror suspect caught at Olympic Park

A suspected terrorist who MI5 believe is a would-be suicide bomber was found repeatedly near the Olympic Games venue.”

By David Barrett, Home Affairs Correspondent
9:15PM BST 07 Jul 2012

SNIPPET: “The alleged al-Qaeda militant was caught crossing through the Olympic Park five times, breaking a ban imposed by the Home Secretary, The Sunday Telegraph has learned.

The 24 year-old has previously tried to get to Afghanistan, allegedly for terrorist training, and is suspected of fighting for the Somali Islamist group al Shabaab, which has been responsible for thousands of deaths, including those of Western aid workers. He is accused of trying to recruit other Britons to its cause.

A Home Office lawyer warned after his discovery in the Olympic area that the man - known as CF - wanted to “re-engage in terrorism-related activities, either in the UK or Somalia” and is “determined to continue to adhere to his Islamist extremist agenda”.”

SNIPPET: “It is disclosed today after a week which saw 14 terror-related arrests across Britain, including a white Muslim convert detained over an alleged plan to carry out a major terrorist attack.”

SNIPPET: “A Crown Prosecution Service spokeswoman said: “CF has been charged with five offences of breaching his Tpim. He is next in [criminal] court on July 27.”

43 posted on 07/07/2012 4:08:13 PM PDT by Cindy
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44 posted on 07/16/2012 1:47:52 AM PDT by Cindy
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‘’ - TANGO DOWN - For plots against London 2012. Initial Recon Pre-Verify:
5:57 PM - 25 Jul 12 via web


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‘’ - TANGO DOWN - For acts of terror plotting against western insterests. Initial Recon:

10:55 AM - 25 Jul 12 via web

45 posted on 07/26/2012 1:03:20 AM PDT by Cindy
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“Chinese reporter tries to breach security three times at tower block mounted with missiles”
July 26, 2012 - 12:17PM
Chris Barrett

46 posted on 07/26/2012 6:05:20 PM PDT by Cindy
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“Athletes Tweet Photos of Olympic Village Credentials”
July 26, 2012

SNIPPET: “Olympic athletes are so excited to share the news that they have arrived in the Olympic Village, they just aren’t thinking – they’re tweeting instead.

In what has become a nightmare for Olympic Village security, the athletes are posting images of their Olympic Village passes online for the fans to see, according to an article from The Examiner. On Wednesday the Olympic Village stepped up security and reminded athletes that posting high resolution images of their accreditation on Twitter is not allowed.”

47 posted on 07/28/2012 12:18:38 AM PDT by Cindy
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“Cyclists arrested for breaking Olympic cordon

Several members of an amateur cycling club tried to pedal their way through security during the opening ceremony”


48 posted on 07/28/2012 12:44:51 AM PDT by Cindy
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