Visitors arrive at the cloud pavilion of Amazon Web Services at the 2016 CeBIT digital technology trade fair in Hanover, Germany. The Department of Justice announced last week the arrest of a man who plotted to blow up an AWS datacenter in Virginia. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

A potential plot to bomb a datacenter run by the world’s largest cloud infrastructure provider would likely not have resulted in a massive shutdown for large portions of the internet, despite claims to the contrary made by the would-be attacker, experts say.

Last week, the Department of Justice announced that it had arrested and charged Seth Aaron Pendley, a 28-year-old man from Wichita Falls, Texas for plotting to blow up an AWS datacenter in Virginia. Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas said Pendley was arrested right after soliciting an undercover FBI informant to buy C4 explosives to carry out the plan.

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