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UK Police foil terrorist attack on internet

Al-Qaeda planned to blow up British internet hub

Police have uncovered an Al-Qaeda plot to bring down Britain’s internet hub, according to a report in The Times.

Computer files found by the police during raids indicated that the terrorists planned to blow up Telehouse in London, which provides IT Housing and management services for internet firms. The company also houses Europe’s largest 'web hotel', which contains dozens of internet servers. Officers said that the attack on Telehouse was one of a range of options considered by the attackers.

Following the attempted attack, head of MI5, Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, set up a special unit called the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI). This merged the National Security Advice Centre (NSAC) and the National Infrastructure Security Coordination Centre (NISCC) and provides security advice to businesses and organisations. There is also a wide range of security advice to help prevent terrorist attack included on the organisation's website.

Robert Harris, technical services director at Telehouse, told The Sunday Times that the industry remains as alert as possible to any terrorist threat and is in regular contact with the appropriate authorities.


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