US authorities have arrested a man who allegedly plotted to bomb an Amazon data centre, which he believed would “kill off about 70% of the internet”, - writes BBC.
Seth Aaron Pendley, 28, was arrested after receiving a dud explosive device from an undercover FBI agent, and was charged with a malicious attempt to destroy a building with an explosive.
He came to the FBI’s attention after somebody reported his online posts. If convicted, Pendley could face up to 20 years in prison. According to investigators, his main goal was to damage Amazon’s web server network.
He believed that there were 24 buildings that “run 70% of the internet”, including services used by the CIA and FBI, according to a conversation detailed in the criminal complaint against him.
Damaging them would frustrate the “oligarchy” - or small group of elites - in power in the United States, he believed.