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A 19-year-old dual U.S.-Israeli citizen covers his face as he is brought to court in Rishon Lezion, Israel, Thursday, March 23, 2017. Israeli police said they have arrested a Jewish Israeli man who is the prime suspect behind a wave of bomb threats against Jewish community centers and other institutions in the United States. The police withheld his identity. (AP Photo/Nir Keidar) ***ISRAEL OUT***

Police say an Israeli teen made $238,000 in Bitcoin calling in threats to Jewish centers


An Israeli teen accused of calling in bomb threats to Jewish community centers across the U.S. was part of a much bigger terror campaign, law enforcement said Monday.

Michael Ron David Kadar, 18, reportedly targeted airports, the Boston Celtics, a Delaware lawmaker, police stations, schools and shopping malls, according to Israel's Cybercrime Department. Kadar has been tied to threats at more than 2,000 institutions and people in the past two years, NBC News reports.

Kadar, a U.S.-Israeli dual citizen, made the equivalent of $238,000 in Bitcoin by phoning in the threats on the behalf of other people, according to the indictment. He was also charged with selling guides to help people forge identification, make poison and drugs, spread computer viruses and hack social media accounts, as well as possession of child porn.

His mother told NBC News her son suffers from a brain tumor and has autism, which could explain the crimes he was accused of.

Kadar used complicated techniques to hide his identity online and could take over computers remotely, making him harder to track, according to the indictment. 

He also targeted Ernesto Lopez, a Delaware state senator, and threatened to kidnap the children of U.S. Defense Department George Little.  

A wave of dozens of bomb threats, attributed to Kadar, at Jewish community centers in the U.S. sparked outrage.

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