The Jews arrested for the hundreds of bomb threats made against Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) across the U.S.—which Jewish groups falsely blamed on “anti-Semites”—were paid for their work through a bitcoin account, it has emerged.
The Israeli Haaretz newspaper reported that police suspect the arrested Jews may have received payment for actions through a Bitcoin account found on one of the seized computers.
The new development has added a further element of intrigue in the organized bomb threats which plagued JCCs for the past few months.
The extent of the equipment used in the campaign—which included sophisticated satellite reception equipment, Google Voice, spoofing technology to mask IP addresses, and specialist antenna to hijack Wi-Fi signals, also indicates that there was some serious money and organization behind the campaign.
According to reports, the two arrested Jews have refused to cooperate with authorities and have not said anything about who was funding them or where they acquired the equipment.
The sophistication of the equipment is revealed by the news that the calls were only finally tracked after one of the callers failed to mask his IP after becoming careless during the hundreds of calls.
The IP address traced back to Israel, and the location was traced to a nearby Wi-Fi access point the Jew was reaching via a large antenna pointing out his window.
One of the threats sent to a JCC has been released into the public domain, and sounded as follows:
“It’s a C-4 bomb with a lot of shrapnel, surrounded by a bag (inaudible). In a short time, a large number of Jews are going to be slaughtered. Their heads are going to be blown off from the shrapnel. There’s a lot of shrapnel. There’s going to be a bloodbath that’s going to take place in a short time. I think I told you enough. I must go.”