Israeli who threatened US Jewish centers gets 10 years

November 22, 2018 GMT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court has sentenced the man behind a string of bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the United States to 10 years in prison.

The Tel Aviv district court announced its verdict Thursday against the dual citizen hacker whose name is barred for release since the crimes were committed while he was still a minor.

The case was uncovered last year after a trans-Atlantic investigation with the FBI and other international law enforcement agencies. Authorities say he used advanced technologies to mask the origin of his calls and communications.

The man, from the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, suffers from autism. He was convicted of sending thousands of threatening messages against the U.S. community centers and elsewhere around the world. The case had stoked fears of rising anti-Semitism.