FBI: U.S.-Israeli Teen Who Threatened JCCs Sold Bomb Threat Skills On Dark Web
Michael Kadar, 19, from Ashkelon in southern Israel, also offered to frame others for the threats for a higher fee, the FBI reportedly alleges in newly unsealed court documents reported Tuesday by The Atlantic and The Daily Beast.
The teen sold his services on AlphaBay, a “dark web” marketplace website selling illegal goods and services that was closed by U.S. authorities in July.
He reportedly sold his services from $30 for a single threat to $90 for “emailed bomb threat to a school districtsmultiple schools + framing someone for it.”
Kadar also wrote in his online advertisement under the screen name Darknet Legend: “there is a no guarantee that the police will question or arrest the framed person. I just add the persons name to the email. In addition in my experience of doing bomb threats putting someones name in the emailed threat will reduce the chance of the threat being successful. But it’s up to you if you would like me to frame someone.”
The messages were found on a flash drive confiscated by the Israel Police during a raid on the teen’s bedroom earlier this year. Police reportedly identified an individual in California who is believed to have ordered and paid for Kadar’s threats.
The teen’s parents and attorney have said Kadar has a benign brain tumor that affects his behavior, as well as a very low IQ.