Documents: Man who threatened Jewish centers was for-hire caller

Documents: Man who threatened Jewish centers was for-hire caller

He advertised his service on AlphaBay, an online marketplace for illicit goods and services, according to The Atlantic. The poster offered to send customized threats to schools for $30, plus a surcharge if the buyer sought to have someone framed.

An Israeli teenager accused of a wave of bomb threats against dozens of Jewish community centers advertised his services on a now-shuttered online black market, offering to threaten any school for $30, according to US authorities.

The spree came to an end when police arrested 19-year-old Israeli citizen Michael Kadar in connection with the threats, overcoming various anonymity measures to trace the calls.

The St. Louis Park Jewish Community Center was one of many to get bomb threats when it was evacuated last winter.

The American-Israeli teenager arrested on suspicion of making over 100 bomb threats to American JCCs leaving court in Rishon Lezion, Israel, March 23, 2017.

Following Kadar's arrest, the Federal Bureau of Investigation sought a warrant to search an AlphaBay account under the name "Darknet_Legend", which they connected to Kadar after examining his laptop, according to the unsealed court filings. "Framing someone for it" would cost an additional $15.

Federal court records don't list an attorney for Kadar in the U.S. But his lawyer in Jerusalem, Galit Bash, said shortly after his arrest that her client had a "very serious medical condition" that might have affected his behavior. "I just add the persons name to the email". And the business even had a rave review: "Amazing on time and on target".

"We got evacuated and got the day cut short", read a comment posted on March 9.

The teen sold his services on AlphaBay, a "dark web" marketplace website selling illegal goods and services that was closed by USA authorities in July.

Israeli authorities previously accused him of earning about $240,000 worth of the digital currency Bitcoin after selling his threat services on the dark web.

But criminologist David Decary-Hetu, a darknet expert at the University of Montreal, said he's seen no previous proven cases of such criminal services being sold on such online marketplaces.



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