As writes the New York Times, nineteen-year-old Israeli Michael Kadar was sentenced by a tel Aviv court to 10 years in prison for sending letters with threats of explosions. The blackmailer were getting paid in bitcoins.
According to law enforcement officers between 2015 and 2017 Kadar sent out 2000 letters with threats. In Israel it is called “suicide-blackmailer JCC” because it sought primarily in the so-called Jewish community center (Jewish Community Center). But not only – among the recipients of his threats was commercial airlines, airports, police stations, shopping malls, hospitals and schools.
From airlines Kadar demanded $500, from individuals – $40, from schools, $80. Incidentally, he did not attend school because he was sick with autism.
According to court documents, Kadar offered his services blackmailer on the darknet, paid bitcoins. For all his “activities”, which began in the time when he was a minor Kadar “earned” 184 bitcoins (approximately $800 000 at current prices).
As it turned out, threats against several schools he sent after he was paid by their students, who did not want to pass the exams. Every time obtaining a school or organization of such messages led to mass evacuation of people, call the police and ambulance service. In some cases, aircraft to commercial airlines that received the threat, flew fighter jets.
In addition to Israel, kádár was addressed to the different institutions and structures in US, UK, Germany, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, New Zealand, Ireland, Belgium and Argentina. The young man who lived in his parents ‘ house in Ashkelon, southern Israel, used a program that distorts the voice and hide the location.
In the investigation of the Israeli police helped the FBI and other intelligence agencies. During searches Kadar found a few thousand dollars, but he declined to give the address of your cryptocurrency wallet, which is believed to militiamen, kept most of the money received in the course of “operations”.