FBI ‘is aware of’ ISIS threat to attack Atlanta stadium during WWE event on Sunday night
- Anonymous, the hacking group, reported ISIS threat to Atlanta stadium
- They said there was evidence Phillips Stadium may be attacked on Sunday
- The stadium is hosting the WWE Survival Series on Sunday at 7.30pm
- FBI ‘is aware of the threat’, taking it seriously but says it is ‘not credible’
- Obama has implored Americans not to succumb to fear of ISIS terror
The FBI is aware of threats to a WWE event in Atlanta, Georgia, a spokesman has confirmed.
Hacking group Anonymous was the first to report evidence of a possible planned attack by ISIS militants on the Phillips Stadium on Sunday evening during the WWE Survival Series.
On Saturday night, federal agents confirmed they were familiar with the threat and are taking it seriously, though they do not believe it to be credible.
‘The FBI is aware of reports of an alleged threat that includes an Atlanta, Georgia venue and event,’ a spokesman for the government agency said.
‘While we take all threats seriously, we do not have specific or credible information of an attack at this time.
‘We have, however, made the proper notifications as we continue to work closely with our law enforcement and private sector partners to keep our community safe.’
Fox spoke with Jim Butterworth, Director of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, who said the venue was on a list ISIS made of potential targets.
The WWE provided the following statement to Channel 2 Action News: ‘WWE Survivor Series is currently scheduled as planned while we investigate the matter with federal, state and local authorities.’
Anonymous reported the Atlanta threat on Saturday as the group claimed to have uncovered information about Islamic State group attacks worldwide.
Speaking with the International Business Times, members of the group said that they’ve passed all information onto government officials and will not publish proof that the threats are legitimate.
‘If we share the proof [publicly], everyone will start calling it fake because screenshots can be edited and accounts can be deleted.
‘We have purposely not shared account links publicly because they would be shut down immediately and then no one would believe the proof,’ they said.
The Atlanta stadium isn’t the only place that ISIS planned on targeting according to the group sometimes referred to as being ‘hacktivists.’
ISIS also apparently planned on hitting the Feast of Christ celebration in Rome and worldwide, Al-Jihad, 1 Day Juz in Indonesia, Five Finger Death Punch in Milan, Italy, and University Pastoral Day in Lebanon.
There are also a series of attacks planned just in France, according to Anonymous. They include the demonstration by ‘Collectif du droit des femmes’, the Cigales Electroniques with Vocodecks, RE-Play & Rawtor at Le Bizen, and Concrete Invites Drumcode: Adam Beyer, Alan Fitzpatrick, Joel Mull at Concrete.
‘The goal is to make sure the whole world, or at least the people going to these events, know that there have been threats and that there is possibility of an attack to happen. Another goal is to make sure Daesh knows that the world knows and cancels the attacks, which will disorientate them for a while,’ wrote Anonymous on their wish to inform the public of threats to safety.
President Obama has implored Americans and the international community not to succumb to fear.
Speaking in Malaysia on Sunday morning as he ended a nine-day, three-nation trip overseas, the president said: ‘We do not succumb to fear. The most powerful tool we have to fight ISIL is to say that we’re not afraid. To not elevate them and to somehow buy into their fantasy that they’re doing
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