US Arrests Suspect Who Wanted To Blow Up AWS Data Center

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Record: The FBI has arrested on Thursday a Texas man who planned to blow up one of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers in an attempt to “kill of about 70% of the internet.” Seth Aaron Pendley, 28, of Wichita Falls, Texas, was arraigned in front of a Texas judge today and formally indicted with a malicious attempt to destroy a building with an explosive.

The US Department of Justice said Pendley was arrested on Thursday after he tried to acquire C-4 plastic explosives from an undercover FBI employee in Fort Worth, Texas. The FBI said they learned of Pendley’s plans after the suspect confided in January 2021 via Signal, an encrypted communications app, to a third-party source about plans to blow up one of Amazon’s Virginia-based data centers. The source alerted the FBI and introduced the suspect to the undercover agent on March 31. “The suspect allegedly told an FBI agent that he wanted to attack Amazon’s data center because the company was providing web servers to the FBI, CIA, and other federal agencies and that he hoped to bring down ‘the oligarchy’ currently in power in the United States,” the report says.

Pendley could face up to 20 years in federal prison if he’s found guilty and convicted.

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