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Cuomo: Internet Providers Know People Looking for Bomb Information

Cuomo: Internet Providers Know People Looking for Bomb Information

By    |   Monday, 11 December 2017 05:26 PM

Internet service providers know what websites their customers use, and that most likely includes knowing who is looking at pages that will help them build weapons and stage terror attacks, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday, while pointing out that he wasn't "suggesting anything" about companies reporting that information.

On Monday, Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh, was taken into custody and is in serious condition at Bellevue Hospital after a pipe bomb he'd strapped to himself suddenly detonated in a Times Square-area subway. In the hours after, Cuomo, told MSNBC's Katy Tur that Ullah's weapon was built following plans he'd downloaded online.

"That's our information at this time, that he was working alone, and that he was downloading information from the web," the New York Democratic governor said. "One of the questions that we're going to have to deal with, and one of the questions I would put to the internet service provider companies is, going forward, we know these people are going to the internet and we know they're downloading information from certain websites as to how to kill people."

But when asked if he thought internet companies should report the sites their customers use, Cuomo said he was not suggesting anything.

"The internet service providers have a degree of information, right, because they know what websites you're going to and what you're shopping for because that's how they target the advertising," he said. "You go to buy a sweater, the next time you go on the website, you see all these sweaters for sale. So, there's no doubt that they're using information and patterns of behavior and what they call machine-learning tools."

But he does think it's a "question" the companies will need to look at moving forward.

"You know, you take the position I'm in, this is our worst nightmare, right?" he said. "How do you secure a place like New York? How do you get intelligence? Now, when people come in from overseas, frankly, we have screening devices. You come through an airport. People drive through bridges and tunnels, et cetera. We have electronic equipment that reads the license plates, that pick suspicious vehicles."

And in the United States, there are people who become disgruntled, go online and download information on building bombs, said Cuomo.

"What do you do about that? That's the question," he said. "It's only going to get worse. It's not going to get better. That's clear. This is a situation that is here to stay and it's something we'll have to grapple with together."

So far, the evidence against Ullah is that he was living in New York and working as a cab driver, and had become "annoyed, irritated by our political position or sympathetic to ISIS" and went online to learn how to make a bomb, said Cuomo.

"He made a very low-tech, homemade device, which he did trigger in a very dangerous area, 42nd Street," said Cuomo. "It's where the Port Authority building is. It's where the buses come in and the trains come in, so it's a very heavily populated area. And he detonated a bomb in a passageway, which is heavily traveled. Fortunately, the bomb was very low-tech. It did go off. It didn't have the desired effect while the chemical exploded, the bomb itself did not go off, so he wound off injuring himself, injured a few people who were around him. Not seriously. Thank God."

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Internet service providers know what websites their customers use, and that most likely includes knowing who is looking at pages that will help them build weapons and stage terror attacks, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.
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