Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Israeli spyware couple fined $423,000 and sentenced to jail for two years (I.T. Vibe)

“Experts at Sophos have applauded an Israeli court's decision to fine Ruth and Michael Haephrati for developing and selling a spyware Trojan horse.

Having previously entered into a plea bargain to be sentenced to four and two years in jail respectively, the married couple have also been fined two million shekels in compensation (approximately $423,200) for their unlawful actions.

The Trojan horse, which helped private investigators spy on their clients' business competitors, was said to have been originally created by Michael Haephrati as a practical joke, before his wife decided to market the malicious program.”