Israel: A hacking spree demonstrates how not to become a victim

Michael and Ruth Haephrati were successful hackers, stealing company secrets from dozens of businesses in Israel before they were finally arrested in London in May 2005 and later pleaded guilty to industrial espionage.

Their story serves as a window into the targeted, sophisticated attacks that are becoming more prevalent and the defenses that companies can put in place.

The following reconstruction of the Haephratis’ hacking spree is based on court documents. David Cole, director of security response at Symantec Corp., a computer-security company based in Cupertino, Calif., offers tips on how to protect your company from hackers like these, from preventing an attack to recognizing a breach of security to limiting the damage.

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