The FBI has arrested a Texas man who allegedly plotted to blow up the AWS data center in an effort to shut down about 70 percent of the internet and bring down power in the United States.
The man tried to obtain an explosive device from a secret FBI agent with the intent to destroy the Amazon Web Services facility in Virginia.
The man boasted of participating in the attack on the US Capitol on January 6 and wanted to blow up the Amazon data center because he believed it was providing services to the FBI, CIA and other federal agencies.
And theI directed The Department of Justice charges the man for attempting to destroy the Amazon Data Center building with explosives, and if found guilty, faces up to 20 years in federal prison.
According to the Justice Ministry’s complaint, the investigation began after the man posted statements on the militia group’s online forum MyMilitia.com.
In late January, the man began using the encrypted messaging app Signal to communicate with a secret FBI source.
The source told FBI investigators that the man said he plans to use C-4 plastic explosives to blow up the Amazon Data Center facility in Virginia.
The undercover FBI source linked the man to someone who claimed to be a supplier of explosives, and he was arrested after receiving what he believed to be explosives from the agent, but they were in fact inert devices.
Acting US Attorney General Prerak Shah for North Texas, said in a statement: We owe it to the concerned citizen who reported the defendant’s statements online to the FBI, where he was rescued This person lives a number of technology workers.
He added: The Ministry of Justice is determined to arrest local extremists who intend to commit acts of violence, regardless of political feelings that drive them to do so.
In a statement, Amazon thanked the FBI for its work in the investigation, and a spokesperson for the company said: We take the safety and security of our employees and customer data very seriously, constantly review various factors for any potential threats, and continue to maintain this vigil about our employees and customers.