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Security officers patrol inside New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

London – British intelligence agencies have announced tightening security at airports and nuclear power plants over fears of potential terrorist attacks, reported The Telegraph.

Intelligence agencies believe that ISIS and other terrorist groups have developed ways to plant explosives in laptops and mobile phones that can evade airport security screening methods – they also warned that terrorists may have developed ways of bypassing safety checks.

British securities notified lately of potential attacks that might target airports and nuclear power plants and ordered them to tighten security measures.

Jesse Norman, the energy minister, told The Telegraph that nuclear plants must make sure that they remain resilient to evolving cyber threats. Norman added: “The Government is fully committed to defending the UK against cyber threats, with a £1.9 billion investment designed in security against terrorist attacks.”

Therefore, the decision of the US and Britain to ban travelers coming from some Middle Eastern countries from carrying laptops and large electronic devices on board did not come out of nowhere.

FBI experts have tested how the explosives can be hidden inside laptop battery compartments in a way that allows a computer to remain turned on. There were also fears that computer hackers were trying to bypass nuclear power station security measures.

Government officials have warned that terrorists and foreign spies are looking to exploit “vulnerabilities” in the nuclear industry’s internet defenses.

Earlier, US banned carrying electronic devices on airplanes by travelers coming from Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Turkey.