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ISIS Atlanta WWE Threat Taken Seriously, but the Show Goes On

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An Atlanta police officer stands guard outside the WWE professional wrestling show in Atlanta on Sunday. (REUTERS/Tami Chappell)

By    |   Monday, 23 Nov 2015 06:09 AM

A threatened ISIS attack at a professional wresting show in Atlanta on Sunday was taken seriously by the FBI, but the WWE event went on without problems.

A group believed to be a subset of the hacker group Anonymous claimed in an online post that the WWE Survivor Series at Phillips Arena was "at risk" for being attacked along with three sites in Paris, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The now-deleted post said that other sites, including in Indonesia, Italy and Lebanon, were also at risk.

"We wanted the authorities to know about this as quickly as possible so that we could prevent too much attention being drawn to our account (which is why we it shut down, it was about getting the intel to them, not about us getting attention)," the poster ANONOPPARIS stated on the website Pastebin.com. "We thank those who helped us inform the authorities. We stand by our motto for this project: Better safe than sorry."

J. Britt Johnson, special agent in charge of the FBI's Atlanta office, told the Journal-Constitution that while he bureau was aware of the threat and took it seriously, there was no "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," said Johnson.

Phillips Arena sought to reassure fans with a series of Twitter post before Sunday's event.


The Atlanta Falcons also stepped up security for their football game against the Indianapolis Colts in the Georgia Dome on Sunday. reported WXIA-TV.

"In response to recent world events, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority is implementing enhanced security measures, including increased law enforcement, for our game on Sunday," said the authority, and asked fans to arrive at the game 45 minutes early and leave bags and purses at home.

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