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Israeli Spyware Sold To Iran 164

Posted by Soulskill
from the dollars-trump-diplomacy dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "Bloomberg reports that Israeli trade, customs and defense officials say they didn't know that systems for performing 'deep- packet inspection' into Internet traffic, sold under the brand name NetEnforcer, had gone to a country whose leaders have called for the destruction of the Jewish state. Allot Communications Ltd., an Israel-based firm which reported $57 million in sales last year, sold its systems to a Randers, a Denmark-based technology distributor where workers at that company, RanTek A/S, repackaged the gear and shipped it to Iran. The sales skirted a strict Israeli ban that prohibits 'trading with the enemy,' including any shipments that reach Iran, Syria and Lebanon. Although Allot officials say they had no knowledge of their equipment going to Iran and are looking into RanTek's sales, three former sales employees for Allot say it was well known inside the Israeli company that the equipment was headed for Iran. 'Israel considers Iran quite possibly its greatest threat, and so the Israeli government would come down very strong against any company that exported to Iran,' says Ira Hoffman. 'Iran is also considered by the U.S. as one of its most strategic threats.' Israeli lawmaker Nachman Shai has called for a parliamentary investigation, and the country's Defense Ministry has begun to examine the report."
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Israeli Spyware Sold To Iran

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 26, 2011 @03:15PM (#38495994)

    Everyone who posts a comment is antisemitic!

  • Re:Oops! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by slackware 3.6 (2524328) on Monday December 26, 2011 @03:17PM (#38496014)
    More a case of oops I got caught. Just a greedy company trying to make more money and trying to get around the law. But it looks like they will probably have some consequences to deal with now.
  • Clueless (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Leonid99 (192164) on Monday December 26, 2011 @03:22PM (#38496052)

    From TFA:
    > The gear shipped to Iran, called NetEnforcer, can inspect pieces of data moving over a network. It can be used to eliminate spam or help network
    > operators prioritize or block certain types of traffic.

    It's not even funny -- it's not "spyware", it's just a traffic sniffer.
    Admittedly, they break the israeli law that prohibits trading with Iran, but it's hardly a threat to national security.

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