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WASHINGTON-The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement to governments at all levels, as well as potential target industries to be on high alert. Following the terrorist bombings in Saudi Arabia and Morocco, intelligence sources have indicated that a target inside the United States could be next. Financial institutions, as well as nuclear power plants, dams, government facilities, the energy sector, and the transportation sector are considered potential targets. “Al-Qa’ida, and those sympathetic to their cause,” the security alert read, “remains the principal threat. Threats may also emanate from other anti-US terrorist groups and ad hoc groups or disgruntled individuals not connected to existing terrorist organizations or state sponsors of terrorism.” It warns, “Terrorists are opportunistic. They exploit vulnerabilities left exposed, choosing the time, place and method of attack according to the weaknesses they observe or perceive. Increasing the security of a particular type of target makes it more difficult for terrorists to successfully strike. In order to protect ourselves from those that desire to harm our friends, families, businesses, and the nation, it is important to maintain awareness and look for suspicious activity or things out of place.” Some things credit unions can do to prevent attacks include ensuring all staff is notified of any changes in threat conditions and protective measures; encouraging personnel to be alert and immediately report any suspicious activities; encourage personnel to know emergency exit locations and stairwells; and increase the number of visible security personnel. Many other recommendations are included in the notice, available at www.ncua.gov. [email protected]

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