I spy with my private eye..

Regular visitors to the Sophos website will be familiar with the case of Ruth and Michael Haephrati, the husband-and-wife team who wrote a Trojan horse and then sold it to detective agencies in Israel who used it to help business rivals spy on each other.

The Haephratis were sentenced to prison, and received a fine of almost £250,000, back in 2006.  But little has been heard until now of what punishment the detective agencies (who did the actual spying on behalf of corporate clients) received.

This week it was announced that three members of the Modi’in Ezrahi private investigation firm have been jailed after they were found guilty of using the Haephrati’s Trojan horse to steal commercial information.  A fourth man, the former CEO…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.