Feeds

Israel jails spyware-for-hire couple

Dirty deeds done dirt cheap

Security for virtualized datacentres

An Israeli couple were jailed on Monday after confessing to the development and sale of spyware that helped private investigators snoop on their clients' business competitors.

Ruth Brier-Haephrati, 28, was jailed four years while her husband Michael Haephrati, 44, was sentenced to two years imprisonment. Both sentences were in line with a plea-bargaining agreement made earlier this month. Ruth was charged with a litany of offences including fraud, planting computer viruses, and conspiracy. Her husband, Michael, was charged as her accomplice to those offences. Each also faces a suspended sentence and a fine of one million New Israeli Shekels ($212K).

Investigators allege the duo developed and sold customised spyware or Trojan horse packages designed to evade detection by security tools to three private investigation companies in Israel - Modi'in Ezrahi, Zvi Krochmal, and Philosof-Balali. This spyware code was allegedly installed on victims' PCs by private detectives from a diskette or via email, as part of a spying scam that ran for up to two years.

The malware sent stolen documents to an FTP site, allowing unscrupulous firms to swipe confidential documents from rivals. Each software installation allegedly netted the Haephratis 2,000 New Israeli Shekels ($425). According to court documents, Michael Haephrati developed the spyware Trojan horse, while his wife, Ruth, marketed the software. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.