Recently unsealed court documents say an American-Israeli Jew charged with a wave of bomb threats against Jewish community centers offered to sell his services on an online black market.
The documents link 18-year-old Michael Kadar to a posting on the now-shuttered illicit marketplace AlphaBay advertising a “School Email Bomb Threat Service.” The poster offered to send customized threats to schools for $30, plus a surcharge if the buyer sought to have someone framed.
Authorities say Kadar made 245 threatening calls, mostly to community centers and schools, from January to March. That led to evacuations, sent a chill through Jewish communities and raised fears of rising anti-Semitism.
It wasn’t clear whether Kadar had customers on AlphaBay, which was shuttered by authorities in July. But he received positive reviews from other users.