The FBI arrested a Texas man on Thursday for allegedly planning to "kill of about 70% of the internet" in a bomb attack targeting an Amazon Web Services (AWS) data center on Smith Switch Road in Ashburn, Virginia.
Seth Aaron Pendley, 28, was charged via criminal complaint on Friday morning for attempting to destroy a building using C-4 plastic explosives he tried to buy from an undercover FBI employee.
In February, Pendley shared with the source a hand-made map of Amazon's Virginia-based AWS data center "featuring proposed routes of ingress and egress at the facility.".
The same source introduced the suspect to an undercover FBI employee posing as an explosives supplier at the end of March.
Pendley told the "supplier" that he was planning to bomb servers he believed were used by the FBI, CIA, and other US federal agencies.
He met with the undercover FBI employee on April 8 to get what he believed were explosive devices.
"In flagging his posts to the FBI, this individual may have saved the lives of a number of tech workers. »