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Alleged Nashville Bomber: Technology Consultant with 5G Paranoia?

The FBI is investigating whether the alleged Nashville, Tennessee, bomber was paranoid about 5G wireless network deployments, according to multiple media reports.

The details so far:

  • Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, was the Nashville Christmas bomber, the FBI alleges.
  • Warner was an IT consultant who delivered technology support to local companies, such as real state firm Fridrich & Clark Realty, multiple reports say.
  • The December 25 bombing occurred near an AT&T facility in downtown Nashville.
  • The bombing involved an RV operated by Warner, the FBI alleges.
  • The FBI says Warner died in the blast.
  • The bombing damaged the local AT&T facility and knocked out various communication services, according to this AT&T statement.
  • Warner hoped he would be ‘hailed a hero’ for targeting AT&T because he believed 5G cellular technology was killing people, the UK's reports.

5G Network Rollouts, Health Risks and Safety: FCC Findings

As telecom companies and governments look to 5G as a means to ease congested networks, some backlash against the technology has surfaced. Critics say they’re concerned that radiation from 5G infrastructure poses health risks but officials have overwhelmingly rebuked such claims.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission in December 2019 announced it would make no changes to federal safety limits regarding cellphone-radiation exposure. The FCC ruling supported comments from the Food and Drug Administration that there is no scientific consensus that cellphones and health problems are linked.

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.