Israel Uncovers Massive Computer Espionage
software was used by businesses and private investigators to pry into an unknown
number of computers.
Eighteen people have been arrested, including a London couple accused
of making the software. The scandal reaches all the way to some of Israel's top
business people, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
In Great Britain, authorities arrested Michael Haephrati and his wife Ruth
Brier-Haephrati last week. The two face extradition to Israel.
Others arrested include a top executive from a satellite TV company, security
professionals working for two cellular providers, and a number of private
investigators. Many of those arrested denied any wrongdoing.
The head of the fraud investigation team investigating the crime called it one
of Israel's gravest scandals in industrial espionage. The alleged criminal
activity includes a Volvo importer spying on computers belonging to a Volkswagen
importer, and mobile phone and satellite TV providers keeping tabs on their
Computers outside of Israel may have been affected as well. Police will continue
the investigation, and civil suits are likely to follow as victims discover the
identities of those who misappropriated their data.
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