Israel investigates N-secrets hacking

Israel's rigorously guarded nuclear secrets may have been tampered with in an international computer hacking scandal known as the Trojan Horse affair.

    Israel is believed to have around 200 nuclear warheads

    The Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot said on Thursday that police were investigating a complaint by water company Gal-Al that a rival firm stole drawings and formulae on how to produce and separate heavy water in a project at Israel's Dimona nuclear reactor.

    Twenty people, including top business executives, have been arrested in an unprecedented industrial espionage scandal in Israel that has so far implicated 15 companies, including some of the most prestigious in Israel.

    Evidence gathered by the police shows among those infiltrated were car importers, television stations, PR firms and telecommunication companies, to track all actions carried out in the system and even to control the computer remotely.

    Suspect

    The investigation has spread from Israel to Britain, Germany and the United States.

    On Wednesday, a key Israeli suspect in the hacking scandal, Yitzak Rath, fell from the second storey of a police station after undergoing a lengthy interrogation in what police believe was a suicide attempt.

    Producing and separating heavy water is needed to manufacture a hydrogen bomb.

    Israel has never admitted to having a nuclear arsenal, but is widely believed to have around 200 nuclear warheads.

    SOURCE: AFP


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