Comverse

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Group.png Comverse  
Comverse.jpg
Founder • Kobi Alexander
• Boaz Misholi
• Yechiam Yemini
Type commercial
Headquarters Woodbury, Nassau County, New York, United States
Subgroups • Odigo
• Verint Systems
Staff 4,500
Slogan Enabling Network Software
Website http://www.cmvt.com

Comverse Infosys is a tech company, which while headquartered in the US, does most of its research and development in Israel. Founders include Kobi Alexander who reportedly made over $100 million in one year (2000) by exercising stock options. Comverse is reimbursed for up to 50% of its R&D costs by Israel's ministry of industry and trade.[1]

Activities

With the backing of the Israeli government, Comverse offered both services for phone providers and surveillance tools for government and law enforcement agencies to record conversations.[2][1]

Wiretapping in USA

The 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement act authorised a new system of wiretapping in USA. Comverse's computer software has been charged with having a backdoor that allows interception of wiretaps by unauthorised parties, a claim which was never investigated, but derived in part from suspects changing their behaviour to evade surveillance immediately they were made subjects of wiretapping.[1]

On the day of 9/11, Comverse owned Odigo.

When the 7/7 bombings occurred, Comverse owned Verint Systems which claimed that none of the London Underground CCTV cameras were working on that day.



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