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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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