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Champing at the cyberbit:         TPLF has been targeting Ethiopian dissidents at home & abroad with new commercial spyware thru 2017 — without much success given the persistent demands to get rid of it!

6 Dec

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 
by By Bill Marczak, Geoffrey Alexander, Sarah McKune, John Scott-Railton, and Ron Deibert, December 5, 2017
 
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Key Findings

    *   This report describes how Ethiopian dissidents in the US, UK, and other countries were targeted with emails containing sophisticated commercial spyware posing as Adobe Flash player updates and PDF plugins. Targets include a US-based Ethiopian diaspora media outlet, the Oromia Media Network (OMN), a PhD student, and a lawyer. During the course of our investigation, one of the authors of this report was also targeted.

    *   We found a public logfile on the spyware’s command and control server and monitored this logfile over the course of more than a year. We saw the spyware’s operators connecting from Ethiopia, and infected computers connecting from IP addresses in 20 countries, including IP addresses we traced to Eritrean companies and government agencies.
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TPLF Regime Intensifies Digital Attacks: Spyware Firm Should Address Alleged Misuse

10 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
HRW Press Release

(New York) – The Ethiopian government has renewed efforts to silence independent voices abroad by using apparent foreign spyware, Human Rights Watch said today. The Ethiopian authorities should immediately cease digital attacks on journalists, while foreign surveillance technology sellers should investigate alleged abuses linked to their products.
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How The TPLF Regime in Ethiopia Spies on The Diaspora Abroad

1 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory
By FELIX HORNE, March 31, 2014 The Wall Street Journal

Many Europeans are upset over revelations that the United States government spies on them. But European companies are selling surveillance tools and know-how to other governments, allowing them to spy abroad. Their customers include some of the world’s most abusive governments and at least one of them—Ethiopia—is targeting its diaspora population in Europe. The results extend beyond outrage over privacy violations: They put people in danger.
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