Man arrested over alleged plot to blow up Amazon data center

midian182

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In brief: A Texas man has been arrested over allegations that he planned to bomb an Amazon Web Services data center in Virginia. Federal prosecutors say he aimed to "kill off about 70 percent of the internet."

Seth Aaron Pendley, 28, of Wichita Falls, was arrested on Thursday after attempting to buy what he believed were C4 explosives but in reality were inert devices from an undercover FBI officer, reports The New York Times.

According to the criminal complaint, a citizen contacted the FBI on January 8 over screenshots posted to MyMilitia.com, a forum used for organizing militia groups. Someone using the screen name Dionysus wrote that they were planning to "conduct a little experiment" that could be "dangerous" and would "draw a lot of heat." When another user asked Dionysus what they wanted, he responded with "Death."

A source provided the FBI with Dionysus' email address, which was registered to Pendley. In late January, he started communicating with another confidential source using Signal. That person told the FBI that Pendley planned to use plastic explosives to bomb Amazon Web Services data centers.

Working with the agency, the source introduced Pendley to someone he claimed was an explosives supplier but was actually an undercover fed. In one recorded conversation, Pedley said he hoped the bombings would anger "the oligarchy."

The FBI also used subpoenaed private Facebook messages as evidence. A search of his social media account showed Pendley had boasted about being at the Capitol riot. He told an associate that while he never entered the building, he had taken a piece of glass from a Capitol window. Pendley also told an undercover officer that he had taken a sawed-off rifle to Washington on the day but left it in his car.

"We take the safety and security of our staff and customer data incredibly seriously, and constantly review various vectors for any potential threats," said an Amazon Web Services spokesperson. "We will continue to retain this vigilance about our employees and customers."

When officers searched Pendley's home following his arrest, they found part of an automatic rifle, a pistol painted to look like a toy gun, wigs, masks, and a machete with the word "Dionysus" written on it. There were also hand-drawn maps, notes, and flashcards relating to his planned attack.

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R00sT3R

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I am willing to bet that this tactic is used world-wide.

Are you implying that people who threaten the kind of violence that this person was threatening should just be allowed to carry out their threats?

No but the FBI go beyond normal undercover operations, Not just letting suspects incriminate themselves but regard enticement & encouragement of said people into doing so, as a legitimate tactic for people that would otherwise never go beyond making stupid statements/threats out loud.
 

kmo911

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Honly s h ttt. so if he had suceeded we would not have internet to come back too. darn.
 
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Arbie

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No but the FBI go beyond normal undercover operations, Not just letting suspects incriminate themselves but regard enticement & encouragement of said people into doing so, as a legitimate tactic for people that would otherwise never go beyond making stupid statements/threats out loud.

So what are you proposing, exactly? That the FBI should have just called to say "Hey Seth, you were outed. Better opsec next time, OK?".

Here's the great irony of Jan 6: Right-wing groups who rant endlessly about the "Deep State" were not actually on the intelligence services' radar until then. That's part of why their plans were overlooked. Now, domestic terrorism is getting a much bigger piece of the official resources. And once established that will be real hard to shake off. Try getting a department in Homeland Security - newly funded because of you - to forget you.

LINK: The real Kraken wakes

As usual, these nutballs have only themselves to blame. But that won't stop them from blaming everyone else.
 
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R00sT3R

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So... this guy thinks that 70% of the internet is in Texas. I don't have the words to describe how absurd that is.

Only in 'Murica baby! :laughing:

Reminds me of that scene in the movie 'Four Lions' where the would be hapless terrorists are trying to decide where to bomb, and one of them suggests 'Why don't we blow up the Internet' :laughing: