The police also charged him with cyber stalking. The New York Times reports that 29-year-old resident of Maryland faces up to 10 years in prison.
The wife of Eichenwald on his account on "Twitter" wrote that from-for pictures of the wife had an epileptic seizure. About the incident immediately informed the police.
"You deserve a seizure for your post" - posted by Rivello on Twitter in December after he sent a flashing image writer.
The writer said it will seek the prosecution of a man who almost committed an assault on him. According to the writer, after this incident, similar messages he sent about 40 people.
According to police, Rivello wrote to other users of Twitter that it plans virtual attack on the Eichenwald.
One of the users, he wrote that he hoped that the writer have a stroke.
"Sent him spam, see if I die or not", - he wrote in another message.
ICloud account of Rivello, the investigators found a screenshot with the altered Wikipedia page dedicated to the writer. It was added date of death - December 16. The day before the Eichenwald was sent flashing picture.
Police believe that the arrested person was specifically studied on the disease sites on the Internet, what causes epileptic seizures.
The U.S. Department of justice did not say that was the reason for such aggressive behavior, Rivello.
American media write that of Rivello was allegedly unhappy that the writer was criticized on Twitter about President Donald trump.
Kurt Eichenwald is one of the authors of Newsweek magazine, he collaborates with Vanity Fair magazine and is the author of several books. The writer admits that is sick with epilepsy.
Is it possible to induce an epileptic seizure tweet?
Professor of neurophysiology, University of British Aston Stefano Seri argues that a tweet can cause an epileptic seizure, actually to create not so easy, but possible.
"Abrupt changes in light intensity or brightness can cause seizures. The most sensitive (for epileptics) range is about 15-25 flashes per second - says the expert. - The picture should take up most of your field of vision".
"You have to be very twisted person to do such a thing. But it is technically possible," he acknowledges.
"Modern led screens are, in this sense, less dangerous than the old one. Requires a very carefully thought-out signal to trigger the attack," added the Professor series.