The FBI and the NYPD are currently trying to located a source for the Al-Qaeda poster that recently showed up on the internet visually displaying a loud, disturbing threat “Al Qaeda Coming Soon Again In New York”.
They are unsure if this is a sick stunt or if this is a credible threat that they should be concerned about.
“It’s something we’re looking into,” said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. “We’re trying to determine the origins of it. We take all things like this seriously.”
It’s unsure if this is a hoax job or not, but it’s a reminder how powerful graphic design is and how easy it is to spread fear amongst the Internet.
The thing that makes this one so bizarre and relevant is it has such a loud distinctive design. It’s not the best design in the world, but it’s visually appealing. Featuring the New York skyline and a photoshopped street leading right into the city, and lettering that looks as if its sitting in the street while a father and son seem to be looking in awe at the letters, and the truth is your eyes can’t miss it either!
Either Al Queda is taking their rebrand from back in December very seriously, they just hired a new designer, or there is some really, really evil people lurking the Internet. The design appeared on several Arabic-language sites including gulfup.com, Browne said.
Cops currently believe that an Egyptian writer who normally spreads online terror posted it. The logo was posted in the “artwork and design” section on that particular web page, Browne said.
“We’ve done an analysis. He’s not an American. We’re leaning toward (him being) an Egyptian, using Arabic, to create communications on this site,” said Browne.
“The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is aware of the posting and investigating its authenticity and origin,” the bureau said in a statement. “The FBI takes all threats seriously and there is no specific or credible threat to New York at this time.”
Browne said there is no chatter or intel to suggest NYC is going to be hit, but the “obvious implications” of that logo raised concerns. Police officials have said New York remains the top target of terrorists around the globe.
Cops have held off taking any further steps until they establish the intentions behind the disturbing design.