Police in Argentina have arrested a young man on suspicion of delivering false bomb threats to the United States and Israeli embassies in Buenos Aires.
In an operation ordered by Federal Judge Ariel Lijo, the Anti-Terrorist Investigative Unit of the Federal Police arrested an individual as the alleged author of bomb threats sent via an email account to the embassies.
The suspect was not identified by police.
The raid took place at a home in Don Torcuato, Buenos Aires Province, where an Argentine male from that city was arrested, police sources informed.
The investigation started after a series of intimidating messages received at the different official email accounts of the Canadian, UAE, Iranian embassies and the European Union Delegation earlier this month, as well as the threats sent to the US and Israeli embassies on Wednesday, October 18.
In general, the common denominator of these messages were bomb threats to the different diplomatic seats, accompanied by threats to the different officials at embassies.
The AMIA Jewish community centre also received a threat, though it was not revealed if the message came from the same author.
Even though different investigation techniques were applied, such as open source analysis, social networks, searches of different homes, the suspect was identified. In order to actually determine that the IP address used in the emails matched the suspect’s home, the Anti-terrorist Investigation Unit sought the cooperation of the Prosecution Unit Specialising in Cybercrimes.
With this information, and once it was established that the IP was at the suspect’s address, the search warrant was issued and he was arrested and sent to the Alcaidía Division of the Federal Investigation Superintendency.
During the search, evidence was collected for the investigation, including mobile phones, laptops, pen drives, among other storage devices, which will be examined by experts.