European Union warned ISIS and Al Qaeda for using killer virus

FILE PHOTO: A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, Iraq, June 23, 2014. To match Special Report MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-MOSUL REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo
Vastavam web: Terrorist networks like the ISIS and Al Qaeda may soon begin instructing recruits on how to create killer viruses just like bomb-making lessons, a senior European Union (EU) security expert has warned.Gilles de Kerchove, the EU’s counter-terrorism co- ordinator, said that terror networks based in the Middle East like Al Qaeda and Islamic State (ISIS), could begin using the internet to instruct on the use of biological agents.Tracing that the first edition of ‘Inspire’, Al Qaeda’s online propaganda magazine, had an article on “how to make a bomb in your mum’s kitchen”, he said: “What if anyone will have a similar article on how to process a virus in your mum s kitchen?
“Unfortunately, it’s probably easier than before for a lone actor to perpetrate an attack with catastrophic consequences.”Patrick McGuinness, the UK’s Deputy National Security Adviser and one of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s senior-most security advisers, agreed that all terrorists needed was the “internet and a mindset” to perpetrate global atrocities and it was important to defeat them online.
“The frontline [against ISIS] is now online…Until there is not a presence online, until ISIS cannot occupy space online freely, we will not be safe,” he said.The UK’s security minister, Ben Wallace, told the conference a total of eight planned attacks had been thwarted since the ISIS-inspired attack on the UK Parliament building in Westminster in March this year, bringing the total to 21 since 2013.”Nearly 600 investigative leads are ongoing, covering about 3,000 people and approximately another 20,000 people who we have at some stage had concern about,” he told RUSI’s Westminster Counter-terrorism Conference”.”It is not a spike in the threat, but a shift that we are now facing, and that is something we all have to deal with,” he added.