Israeli-American Hacker Allegedly Behind U.S. Bomb Threats Attempts to Escape Police Custody

Arriving in Jerusalem detention facility, alleged hacker evaded police and fled by foot but was overtaken by Prison Service officers

The Israeli-American JCC bomb hoax suspect, at a hearing in Rishon Letzion Magistrate's Court, March 23, 2017.
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Israeli officers foiled a criminal escape attempt Monday by American-Israeli hacker suspected of being behind hundreds of bomb threats to U.S. Jewish institutions, while being brought to a detention center in Jerusalem.

Upon arriving to the facility, Kadar disembarked the police vehicle and commenced running down the street. Two officers chased him down and overtook him after several feet. The incident is being examined and was reported to police for further investigation.

A month after his arrest in Israel, the Israeli American was charged with 28 counts of making threatening calls and conveying false information to police, according to the indictment filed Friday in federal court in Orlando.

He was also accused of selling his threat-making services through an online black market.

The Florida indictment said that he made 245 threatening calls, most of them to Jewish community centers and schools, from January to March, using an online calling service that disguised his voice and allowed him to hide his identity.

He recorded each of the calls himself and kept them in organized files at his home in Ashkelon, Israel, along with news articles describing the police responses to the threats, the indictment said.

He also paid for the online calls using the semi-anonymous currency Bitcoin. A large antenna at his apartment building allowed him to make long-distance, outdoor wireless connections, the indictment said.