Cyber centers at the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department and the FBI — as well as the Pentagon, the CIA and other intelligence agencies — will be on alert. Extra staff are hunting for any possible threat, officials say.
The concern is so high, intelligence officials told NBC, that for the first time, hundreds of military and intelligence cyber experts who work out of top secret facilities, including underground bunkers, will be monitoring intelligence about a U.S. presidential election. They will react to any threat to the federal government’s communication and command systems.
On Tuesday, former NATO commander Admiral James Stavridis told CNBC his concerns about possible Russian activity included a dump of false documents and an attack on the U.S. power grid.
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Officials are also on high alert because of high chatter about a terroristic threat as well.
A U.S. law enforcement official toldCBS News that investigators are looking for individuals who may have some information about the threat from al Qaeda for a potential attack Monday on U.S. soil.
The specificity is one of the things that raised the attention given to the threat, as well as the fact it was coming from al Qaeda, officials told CBS News.
CBS News homeland security correspondent Jeff Pegues reported that people should expect to see tighter security heading into Election Day. Law enforcement officials are investigating the threat and ramping up police presence out of an abundance of caution.
The New York Police Department has ramped up security ahead of Sunday’s marathon, and now with the new threat from al Qaeda, officials are asking the public to remain vigilant.