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Trojan couple indicted

Date: March 06, 2006

An Israeli couple has been indicted on charges of developing the ‘Trojan Horse’ computer virus that has attacked corporate computer systems.

Michael and Ruth Haefrati were charged with developing the software virus used for corporate spying in a number of computer-related crimes. The two allegedly marketed the software to security agencies in 2000 but moved into illegal activities in 2004.

Ruth Haefrati was charged as primary perpetrator of the crimes and her husband charged with assisting her in all the offenses. The two were co-managers of a firm registered in Israel, the U.S. and England by the name of ‘Target Eya’. According to Prosecutor Chaim Wisemonsky both man and wife signed confessions to the crimes.

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