U.S. authorities arrested a man who allegedly planned to plant a bomb in an Amazon data center on the grounds that the bomb “will kill about 70% of the Internet.” Seth Aaron Pendley, 28, was arrested after receiving a fake explosive device from a secret FBI agent and charged with malicious attempts to destroy a building with explosives. After someone reported his online post, he attracted the attention of the FBI. He wrote that Penderley could face 20 years in prison if convicted. British Broadcasting Corporation.
According to investigators, Pendley’s main goal is to disrupt Amazon’s web server network. Judging from the criminal report, he believes that there are 24 buildings “running 70% of the Internet”, including services used by the CIA and FBI. Their destruction will defeat the “oligarchs” or a few elite groups, which he believes is the power to govern in the United States.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) plays an extremely important role in the modern Internet because it provides hosting and processing information for many popular online services and websites.
Failures caused by problems in one center usually result in service interruptions for up to several hours, and are usually only applicable to limited personnel or certain websites. For example, an error occurred in an AWS center in the United States in 2017, which caused websites such as Quore and Trello to shut down for several hours.
Even the complete damage caused by the data center fire of the European company OVH earlier this year even destroyed about 3.6 million websites, including government portals throughout Europe, many Internet users did not even notice.
“We would like to thank the FBI for the work done in this investigation. We attach great importance to the security of employee and user data, and continue to review various potential threat vectors. We will continue to maintain this vigilance with our employees and customers.” , An Amazon spokesperson said.
Investigators found that from Texas to Washington, Pendleley participated in the riots around the US Capitol on January 6 this year. Investigators said he told a friend that he held a rifle with him, but remained in the car. Although he came to the window of the Capitol, he did not enter. Two days later, a concerned citizen reported Penderley’s revelation to the FBI on the local militia website under the name of Dionysus, the American god of wine.
Acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah said: “We have a duty to pay tribute to the citizens concerned, who reported the defendant’s astonishing remarks. By reporting his revelations to the FBI, this person may Saved the lives of many skilled workers.”
Dionysus’ announcement attracted attention and talked about his desire to “conduct a small experiment.” He said it was dangerous and would attract a lot of attention. When another user asked what the result of the operation was, he answered-death. The FBI was able to discover Dionysus’ email address and link it to his Facebook account and real identity.
In late January, Pendley began using the Signal encrypted messaging application and detailed plans for a bomb attack on AWS facilities, but the recipients of these messages were FBI informants. In February, Pendley announced plans, the types of explosives he was looking for, potential targets and maps. On March 31, an informant introduced Pendley to a purported explosives supplier who was actually a secret FBI agent. Then his plan was to attack three Amazon buildings.
On April 8, a secret agent of the FBI, while handing over the suspected explosives, showed Penderley the box he claimed contained C-4 explosives, and showed him how to set up and activate it. After Pendley picked up the explosive device and put it in his car, the FBI arrested him.
He concluded that Penderley will appear in court for the first time on Friday and will remain in custody until then. British Broadcasting Corporation.