Texas named as target of potential terror attack prior to Election Day, officials say

HOUSTON - U.S. officials are warning about a potential Al Qaeda terror attack prior to Election Day and very close to home since Texas has been named as a possible target along with New York and Virginia.

"It's non-specific and right now we're assessing the credibility of it," NYPD Police Commissioner James O'Neill declared. "But we are geared up to go all the time."

A Homeland Security official tells NewsFix, "We are aware of alleged threats in recent press reports.  The FBI and DHS will continue to work closely with law enforcement and intelligence community partners to identify and disrupt any potential threat to public safety."

Officials also confirm there are 100 joint terrorism task forces working with state and local law enforcement all across the country to prevent an attack on the homeland.

But there's also concern about a possible cyber attack on our voting machines or election reporting software.

Now some officials think Russian hackers could be plotting an election hack!

"I have a lot of confidence in the security and cyber security around the process run by state and local election officials," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced.

"It's almost impossible to actually hack this election, but it's certainly possible for someone to claim it's hacked and to try to influence the public that way," Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder of Crowdstrike Inc., said.

A Russian-linked hacking group called "Guccifer" tweeted a possible threat for Election Day saying....."I'll be an independent observer at the U.S. #elections2016 -- I call on other hackers to monitor the elections from inside the system."

Still, officials claim they don't think any hacker could affect the outcome of the election.

But between hackers plotting and terrorists chatting.....hopefully, our leaders are right!