Following an investigation conducted by Israeli authorities, 42-year-old Moshe Halevy – known to the blogger community as Halemo – has been arrested and accused of hacking into the country’s court system, exposing highly sensitive information.
According to the Jerusalem Post, authorities call this incident “an invasion into the holy of holies of the Israel court system and the Israel police.” That’s because court documents and police investigation details have been compromised.
The head of the Israel Police Cyber Crimes Unit, Police Superintendent Yaron Ben-Tzvi, has told the publication that hackers may have penetrated the databases as far back as 2008, but law enforcement had no knowledge of this until earlier this year.
They discovered the fact that someone had access to their systems when the details of a crime, which were supposed to remain a secret, were obtained by the press. A trail of clues led investigators to Halevy.
Knowing that he might be monitoring the police documents, authorities made sure that the arrest warrant wouldn’t show up online.
Now, Ben-Tzvi claims that they have other suspects in this case and new arrests may be announced soon. They’re currently trying to determine the identities of the individuals who have been given the information by Halevy.
However, there’s more to it than that. The main suspect, Halevy, admits to have accessed the information, but he says that he didn’t hack into the country’s court systems. Instead, he was able to easily access the information by utilizing his ID number.
He blamed the website’s administrators for failing to properly secure the information.
On the other hand, law enforcement representatives stated that the database in question was protected by a firewall, being maintained and secured by a specialized company.
Moreover, this is not the first time when the man is accused of such offenses.