su_note note_color=”#efe1a7″ text_color=”#00000″ radius=”5”]Israel: Last month the FBI discovered that hundreds of death threats against Jewish facilities in the US were perpetrated by Michael Kaydar, a 19-year old Jewish man who claims to have a brain tumor and to be autistic. Actually, he is high-functioning entrepreneur who ran a cyber-terror supermarket on the dark web, offering services such as threatening phone calls to private homes for $40 and threatening school massacres for $80. Kaydar threatened a former Pentagon official that he would kidnap and murder his children. He tried to blackmail a Delaware state senator and, when the Senator refused to pay in Bitcoin, Kadar shipped drugs to him and called the police so the drugs could be discovered. Israel’s refusal to extradite Kaydar to the US (he is a dual citizen of Israel and the US) has raised suspicion that he could be involved with the Israeli Mossad. –GEG [/su_note]
Yesterday, Ynet reported on the massive business enterprise Michael Kaydar created, selling his services to buyers around the world who sought out cyber-terror attacks. They ranged from phoning bomb threats against Delta airlines to threats to explode the heads of children at a Jewish day school. Once he claimed there was a suicide bomber in the air. Another time that he was an ISIS fighter with a bomb on a plane. He threatened a plane carrying the Boston Celtics. A threat against an El Al flight traveling from Los Angeles to Ben Gurion caused French and Swiss air force planes to scramble and intercept the Israeli passenger jet. He personally threatened a former Pentagon official that he would kidnap and murder his children. He attempted to extort a Delaware state senator who had disparaged his terror campaign, demanding bitcoin payment. When none was forthcoming, he sent drugs to the man’s home and threatened to call the police to inform them that the senator was a drug-dealer. There were 162 threats to bomb airplanes and 2,000 bomb threats overall. In addition, he sent another 31 mail threats.
He didn’t do this out of personal animus or mental infirmity (though his family claims otherwise). He did it out of a good, old-fashioned motive: greed. Kaydar operated a cyber terror supermarket. He plied his wares on dark web sites like Alpha Bay, advertising them akin to the restaurant or hair salon which lists its services and their prices for client to choose.
Kaydar had a laundry list of “services” which he offered and the prices for each type of exploit. A threatening call to a private home would set a buyer back $40. A call threatening a massacre at a school cost $80. A letter threat against a school called for a discount and cost only $30. A call to threaten to bomb an airliner cost $500. He informed potential clients that they could devise their own threats and he would execute them for a special price. If one of his threats didn’t lead to the evacuation of the targeted institution and summoning of police, he would return the fee to the client, considering it a failed operation. Buyers paid in bitcoin because it was untraceable. By the time of his arrest, he’d amassed a hefty fortune of $500,000.
Hand it to Kaydar, he mass-produced cyber-mayhem. And all by himself. Quite the entrepreneurial spirit of the Israeli Start-Up Nation!
Israeli media have been prohibited from naming the 18 year-old Kaydar or featuring his picture because he began his spree when he was a minor. In fact, he likely will be tried in a juvenile court for at least some of his alleged crimes. This could drastically reduce the amount of jail time he might expect if he’s convicted.