An Israeli-American teenager accused of making hundreds of threats targeting Jewish community centers and schools advertised his services on the dark web for as little as $ 30, according to recently unsealed court documents.
Dual citizen Michael Kadar, 19, who is Jewish himself, is awaiting trial in Israel, where he was arrested in March.
Posting on the black market site AlphaBay, which was shut down by the U.S. Justice Department in July, Kadar offered a “School Email Bomb Threat Service” under the username Darknet_Legend, according to an FBI affidavit.
Kadar charged $ 30 for an emailed bomb threat to a school, with the option of framing someone for an additional $ 15, the FBI said.
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The AlphaBay post also stated: “I offer refunds for non-successful threats.”
The teen may have had at least one satisfied customer after posting on AlphaBay, which was a leading marketplace for drug and firearm trafficking, computer hacking tools and other illegal goods and services.
One user posted feedback for Darknet_Legend on March 9, writing, “Amazing on time and on target. We got evacuated and got the day cut short.”
Federal agents said in court papers that the message came a day after Rancho Cotate High School in Rohnert Park, California, was evacuated due to an emailed bomb threat that was identical in wording to other threats linked to Kadar.
Prosecutors said federal and local law enforcement in California also identified a co-conspirator after searching AlphaBay accounts and “intend to pursue criminal charges against that suspect.”
The hoax threats to the Jewish community centers, which forced widespread evacuations earlier this year, prompted many centers to enhance security and raised fears of a resurgence in anti-Semitism.
“Kadar allegedly took extraordinary steps to conceal his identity and location through several technological means, including voice alteration, use of proxy IP addresses, virtual currencies and caller ID spoofing,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth E. Blanco in April.
Kadar’s parents claim he has a brain tumor that caused autism and other mental problems, making him unable to understand the nature of his actions.
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