As tech permeates a greater part of all our lives, it is becoming more and more difficult to pull off a large-scale string of bombing without getting caught. Case in point, the Austin Bomber whose name we will intentionally not release was caught in part thanks to video evidence at a FedEx store, store receipts and suspicious Google search history.
The bomber blew himself up as authorities closed in.
The bomber who was an unemployed college-dropout killed two and injured four leaving package bombs on doorsteps, one with a tripwire and one shipped via FedEx. Authorities do not know at this moment if others were involved or more packages are out there so if you see something suspicious please dial 911.
Hopefully the rapid pace at which law enforcement was able to find the bomber thanks in-part to technology will serve as a lesson to the next would-be bomber that you will be caught quickly.
From a civil libertarian perspective one wonders how ethical or even legal it was to acquire “suspicious” search history. The ACLU hasn’t made any statements yet… We’ll see if the media covers this angle going forward.