The FBI has arrested a man in Texas for allegedly planning to “kill off about 70% of the internet” using a bomb attack on an Amazon Web Services (AWS) data center in Virginia.
Seth Aaron Pendley, 28, was charged on Friday morning for an attempt to destroy a building with a C-4 explosive he attempted to buy from an undercover FBI agent. The FBI heard about Pendley’s plans in January when he posted them to the MyMilita website under the handle “Dionysus.” MyMilitia is a website used by militia members and supporters to communicate and organize.
FBI agents also discovered Pendley using the Signal messaging app to talk of his plans to use C-4 explosives to “kill off about 70% of the internet” by attacking an AWS building, according to the recently filed criminal complaint.
Pendley shared a hand-made map of the AWS data center with the FBI source in February. The map showed “proposed routes of ingress and egress.” This same source introduced Pendley to the undercover FBI agent posing as an explosive supplier.
Pendley told the “supplier” of his plans to bomb servers he believed were used by federal agencies including the CIA and FBI. He also planned to eliminate the “oligarchy” he claims runs the United States.
Pendley met the FBI agent on April 8 to purchase what he believed were explosive devices. The FBI gave him inert devices instead. The suspect was later arrested after putting the devices in his car following a demonstration on how to activate and detonate them.
Should Pendley be found guilty of attempting to blow up the data center, he faces up to 20 years in federal jail.