Visitors come to the Amazon Web Services cloud pavilion at the CeBIT trade fair for digital technology 2016 in Hanover. The Justice Department announced last week the arrest of a man who was planning to blow up an AWS data center in Virginia. (Photo by Sean Gallup / Getty Images)

A potential plan to bomb a data center of the world’s largest cloud infrastructure provider would likely not have resulted in a massive shutdown of large parts of the Internet, despite claims made by the potential attacker, experts say.

Last week the Justice Department announced it had arrested and charged Seth Aaron Pendley, a 28-year-old man from Wichita Falls, Texas, for planning to blow up an AWS data center in Virginia. U.S. Attorneys for the Northern Texas District Attorney said Pendley was arrested after asking an undercover FBI source to buy C4 explosives to carry out the plan.

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