Teen Behind Hundreds of Bomb Hoaxes Made Millions on Darknet

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American-Israeli Jewish teenager (C), accused of making dozens of anti-Semitic bomb threats in the United States and elsewhere, is escorted by guards as he leaves the Israeli Justice court in Rishon Lezion on March 23, 2017. The arrest comes after a wave of bomb threats to American Jewish institutions since the start of the year spread concern and political backlash in the United States. / AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ

An Israeli-American man was arrested and remanded to Israeli custody last month after an extensive illegal enterprise. The 19-year-old by the name of Michael Kaydar has been accused of calling in over 100 bomb threat hoaxes to Jewish Community Centers across 33 U.S. states, Australia and New Zealand since January of this year.

The suspect is said to have used a service called SpoofCard to mask his caller ID. The Federal Bureau of Investigation subpoenaed the company and found that he used a disposable Google Voice line created under a fake name. Google’s server logs also showed he routed his traffic through overseas proxy servers and even used the voice changing synthesizer within SpoofCard that changed his voice to a woman’s. Carelessly, on one occasion Kaydar forgot to establish his proxy connection, leaking his IP address, and allowing law enforcement officials to trace his location.

The analysis by investigators also shows the man had transacted millions of shekels worth of Bitcoin on the darknet and is suspected of selling drugs and forging identification such as passports and driver’s licenses. At the time of arrest, Kaydar had approximately $275,000 worth of Bitcoin in his possession generated from the illicit activities.

The prosecutors are attempting to charge the teen with many criminal offenses including, malicious intent to cause harm, sabotage, extortion and intimidation, money laundering, illegal possession of weapons, receiving illicit benefits under aggravated circumstances, falsifying computer records, hacking, inciting public panic and unlawful impersonation for the purpose of committing fraud. His attorney is claiming that due to his autism and an inoperable brain tumor, “He doesn’t understand what he did. He has the brain of a 2-year-old and behavior of a 5-year-old.”

 
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