FBI arrest Texas man for attempting to blow up 'the internet' with C-4

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Seth Aaron Pendley of Texas appeared in court this weekend after being apprehended by the FBI for conspiring to blow up the internet. *Checks notes* no, that is what it says. The idea was to take down an Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centre in order to free the USA from "the oligarchy" that he believes to be currently controlling his beloved country.

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Pendley's plans were flagged on encrypted communication service Signal, where he began outlining his plot to "kill of [sic] about 70 percent of the internet" under the username 'Dionysus'—the dual natured Greek God of fertility and wine, and patron of the arts.

A statement from the United States Department of Justice says when approached by one user who asked what outcome he wished for, "death" was Pendley's answer.

A user who came forward to alert the authorities ended up working with the FBI to introduce the suspect to an undercover agent. Cut to April 8, Fort Worth, Texas. The FBI agent posed as an arms dealer in a meeting with the culprit and, according to Conan Daily's sources, even showed him how to arm and detonate the C-4 plastic explosives he'd just bought. 

The second Pendley placed them in his vehicle, he was arrested and reportedly confessed on the spot.

Pendley faces up to 20 years in federal prison, should he be convicted.

Katie Wickens
Hardware Writer

Screw sports, Katie would rather watch Intel, AMD and Nvidia go at it. Having been obsessed with computers and graphics for three long decades, she took Game Art and Design up to Masters level at uni, and has been demystifying tech and science—rather sarcastically—for three years since. She can be found admiring AI advancements, scrambling for scintillating Raspberry Pi projects, preaching cybersecurity awareness, sighing over semiconductors, and gawping at the latest GPU upgrades. She's been heading the PCG Steam Deck content hike, while waiting patiently for her chance to upload her consciousness into the cloud.