JEWISH TEEN IS BOMB THREAT SUS­PECT

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS -

AN Is­raeli-Amer­i­can teenager was ar­rested last week on sus­pi­cion of mak­ing more than 100 bomb threats against Jewish in­sti­tu­tions across Amer­ica and around the world over the past three months.

Michael Kay­dar, 19, is thought to have used tech­nolo­gies in­clud­ing Google Voice, a call for­ward­ing ser­vice; and Bit­coin, a dig­i­tal cur­rency, to make the threats.

Is­raeli po­lice ar­rested him at his home in south­ern Is­rael and de­tained him at Ris­hon Let­zion Mag­is­trate’s Court on March 24.

Kay­dar al­legedly used a tech­nol­ogy called SpoofCard to mask caller ID. When po­lice sub­poe­naed SpoofCard’s par­ent com­pany to trace the call’s real num­ber, they dis­cov­ered that he had called from a dis­pos­able Google Voice num­ber and, with the help of tech­nol­ogy, dis­guised his voice to sound like a wo­man.

The sus­pect, who has Is­raeli and Amer­i­can cit­i­zen­ship, al­legedly paid for the ser­vice through dig­i­tal cur­rency Bit­coin, which is also un­trace­able, and made his IP ad­dress un­de­tectable.

But an ap­par­ent slip-up, whereby he for­got to trace his in­ter­net con­nec­tion through a proxy server, even­tu­ally en­abled po­lice to track him down.

The sus­pect’s fa­ther was also ar­rested, and a judge or­dered both to re­main in cus­tody for eight ad­di­tional days.

Haaretz re­ported re­ported that the IDF had re­fused to draft Kay­dar af­ter find­ing him un­fit for ser­vice.

The sus­pect’s mo­tive is un­known.

He is said to have been en­tirely home­schooled by his par­ents.

At­tor­ney Galit Bash, who rep­re­sents the sus­pect, said that “this is a young man with­out a crim­i­nal record who from a young age has suf­fered from se­vere med­i­cal prob­lems. There is con­cern that his med­i­cal con­di­tion af­fects his cog­ni­tive func­tion­ing. There­fore, we asked the court to or­der that the young man be re­ferred for a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion.”

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