Mail Bombings Target Nanotechnologists


A bomber or group of bombers identifying itself as “Individualities Tending Toward Savagery” have launched a series of mail bomb attacks in Mexico. The targets, The Chronicle reports, are nanotechnology experts. This month, two professors at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education were injured when a package exploded in their office. Experts have compared the group claiming responsibility to Ted Kaczynski because they target academics and appear to be connected to academia as well.

Nanotechnology is the study and practice of building or manipulating objects on an atomic scale. Individualities Tending Toward Savagery have written about their fear of the science. “The ever more rapid acceleration of this technology will lead to the creation of nanocyborgs that can self-replicate automatically without the help of a human,” their manifesto said.

Earlier this year, two bombs were sent to universities but did not reach their targets. One was intercepted and another, targeting Oscar Camacho, the head of nanotechnology at the Polytechnic University of the Valley of Mexico, detonated and injured a security guard.

Nanotechnology departments in Mexico’s universities have stepped up security measures. While the group is thought to have ties with other terrorist groups in countries in Europe and South America, The Chronicle reports that American nanotechnologists are less worried about an attack.

The two professors injured at the Monterrey Institute of Technology are expected to fully recover.

Nanotechnologists Are Targets of Unabomber Copycat, Alarming Universities [Chronicle via @stevesilberman]