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Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Tue May 31 08:49:12 MDT 2005

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BBC News Online - May 31, 2005

Israeli firms 'ran vast spy ring'

Police in Israel say they have uncovered a huge industrial spying
ring which used computer viruses to probe the systems of many major

At least 15 Israeli firms have been implicated in the espionage
plot, with 18 people arrested in Israel and two more held by British

Among those under suspicion are major Israeli telecoms and media

Police say the companies used a "Trojan horse" computer virus
written by an Israeli to hack into rivals' systems.

Interpol and the authorities in Britain, Germany and the US are
already involved in investigating the espionage, which Israeli
police fear may involve major international companies.

Hi-tech rivalry

"This is one of the gravest scandals in... industrial and market
espionage in Israel," special fraud investigator Supt Roni Hindi
told Israeli media.

Israel's investigation has been running since November, uncovering
as it expanded an intricate web of alleged espionage among some of
the nation's best-known companies.

It's a story of company fat cats who left their morals in their
limousine Sever Plotsker Israeli newspaper pundit The country's
biggest telecoms company, Bezeq, initially came under suspicion as
the parent company of two mobile phone operators accused of spying
on a mutual rival.

Bezeq now says the Trojan horse virus has been discovered on its own

Police now suspect that another mobile phone operator ordered the
spying against Bezeq, Israel's Haaretz newspaper reports.

Two rival car import firms are suspected of spying on each other, as
are two of Israel's major satellite and cable television companies.

No charges have been brought so far and the companies at the centre
of the police inquiry say they have done nothing wrong and are
co-operating with the authorities.

Police fear that as many as 60 Israeli and international companies
could be involved or affected.

Trojan horse viruses work by installing themselves within a computer
system and then allowing hackers to monitor, track or even control
that system.

Police have arrested an Israeli man living in London, 41-year-old
Michael Haefrati, on suspicion of writing the software and then
selling it onto middle men acting for interested parties within the
corporate sector.

Company executives, private detectives, and former members of the
Israeli state security services are among others already arrested.

"Above all it's a story of company fat cats who left their morals in
their limousine," said Sever Plotsker, a commentator in Israel's
mass-market newspaper Yediot Ahronot.
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