FBI arrests man for Amazon’s center bomb program

The AWS logo hangs from the ceiling and is dramatically illuminated from below

The AWS logo hangs from the ceiling and is dramatically illuminated from below

US officials have arrested a man allegedly attempting to bomb an Amazon data center. He believed that he would “kill about 70% of the internet.”

Seth Aaron Pendry, 28, was arrested after receiving an unexploded ordnance explosive from an undercover investigator and charged with a malicious attempt to destroy a building with the explosive.

He caught the FBI’s attention after someone reported his online post.

If convicted, Mr. Pendry could face up to 20 years in prison.

According to investigators, Pendry’s main goal was to damage Amazon’s web server network.

According to a conversation detailed in a criminal accusation against him, he believed that there were 24 buildings “running 70% of the Internet,” including the services used by the CIA and FBI.

He believed that damaging them would irritate the “oligarchy” of US power, or a small group of elites.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) plays a very important role in the modern Internet, hosting and processing the information behind many popular online services and websites.

Outages caused by problems at one center tend to take the service offline for up to several hours, often with a limited number of people or a particular site.

For example, in 2017, an AWS center in the United States experienced a major failure. I knocked on sites like Quora and Trello offline for a few hours. And even the total loss from a fire in a data center belonging to the European company OVH earlier this year- Confused an estimated 3.6 million websites Including government portals throughout Europe-many Internet users were unaware.

An Amazon spokesperson said: “Thanks to the FBI for helping us with this investigation. We take the safety and security of our staff and customer data very seriously and are constantly checking various vectors for potential threats. We will continue. This vigilance about our employees and customers. “

From Parliament riots to C-4

Mr. Pendry I attended the Capitol Riot on January 6th. Investigators found that they had driven from Texas to Washington, DC. Investigators told a friend that he brought an assault rifle but left it in his car-and he also reached the window of the Capitol building, but he did not enter there. I said that.

Two days after the incident, an “interested citizen” reported Mr. Pendry’s post on the militia website. He went to the FBI in the name of the Greek wine god Dionysus.

“We thank the public concerned who came out earlier to report the defendant’s alarming online rhetoric. By flagging his post to the FBI, this individual has a lot of skill. It may have saved the lives of workers. ” Deputy U.S. Prosecutor Prelac Shah said in a statement..

A post from Dionysus, which raised concerns, talked about his desire to “experiment a little.” He described it as “dangerous” and “drawing a lot of heat.” According to court documents, another user asked what the outcome would be, and he replied “death.”

The FBI managed to reveal Dionysus’ email address and link it to his Facebook account and real identity.

In late January, Pendry began elaborating on plans to bomb AWS facilities using the encrypted messaging app Signal, but the recipients of these messages were confidential FBI informants.

During February, Mr. Pendry shared his plans, including the types of explosives he was looking for, potential targets, and maps.

On March 31, a close friend introduced Pendry to a suspected explosives supplier. He was actually an FBI undercover agent. According to recorded conversations, his plan at this point was to attack three densely packed Amazon buildings.

On April 8, at the time of the expected delivery of explosives, undercover FBI agents showed boxes that Mr. Pendry claimed to be C-4 weapon-grade explosives, and how to arm and explode them. Was shown. He was arrested by the FBI after Mr. Pendry picked up the device and put it in his car.

Mr. Pendry appeared in the first court on Friday and remains in custody.