On June 11, 2011, Yaman Mukhaddab, a prominent writer on the Shumoukh Al-Islam forum, posted a call on the forum to establish a new Al-Qaeda center, which he called the “Center for Electronic Terrorism (CET).” The proposed center, according to Yaman, will specialize in virtual attacks against the U.S., U.K. and France. Yaman’s post included the initial phase of the center – that is, background information about the proposed center and a call for prospective recruits.
Yaman presented the CET’s priorities and goals as focused on electronically targeting infrastructure in the U.S., U.K., and France, prioritizing four targets:
1. Computerized SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems, in order to sabotage electric, gas, water, airport, train and metro systems.
2. Control centers for financial websites, such as the stock market and major banks.
3. Websites of major financial companies
4. General nonspecific websites, attacks on which will spread fear and chaos among the general population in these countries.
Yaman also proposed qualification criteria for “male and female volunteer terrorists,” including full and utmost commitment to the mission, ability to work clandestinely, and ability to follow orders without hesitation.
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