A contract worker from the Ministry of Labor and Welfare was charged with stealing the personal information of over 9 million Israelis, the Justice Ministry announced Monday after a media ban was lifted.
The worker electronically copied identification numbers, full names, addresses, dates of birth, information on family connections and other information in order to sell it to a private buyer. The information was also given to another individual who used it to design a software program called "Agron 2006", which exploited the database to allow queries of all Israeli citizens, allowing information to be illegally sold based on various parameters. Those parameters would include familial relationships of the entire Israeli population, over several generations.
Among those people whose information was stolen were minors and deceased citizens.
A copy of the software program, devoid of any protection mechanisms, was later obtained by a computer technician who uploaded it to the Internet. He even created a website with detailed instructions on how to download and use the Argon program with Israeli citizens' personal information.