According to information received by NBCNew York, several U.S. financial institutions and their leaders have been named as potential targets of terrorist attacks.
"In recent weeks, the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force and New York Police Department officials have been briefing bank executives and their security departments on the nature of the threat information. Much of it was gleaned from al Qaeda writings like Inspire magazine, which recently warned of attacks targeting financial institutions."
Officials have warned banks that they could be targeted through "package bombs or biological or chemical agents through the mail ... As a precaution, police are urging Wall Street banks to further increase security in and around mailrooms and delivery of packages."
Police have also contacted those banking executives whose names have been mentioned by al Qaeda-linked operatives in connection with the threats.