Monday, April 01, 2013

Ethiopia using spyware to monitor political activists: report

(Mar 31, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA))--A recently released report has indicated that the Ethiopian government is using a controversial spyware software called FinSpy to monitor the political activities of opposition groups in the country.

The report by the Citizen Lab based at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto said Ethiopia has used the surveillance technology to interfere with the political activities of Ginbot 7, an exiled opposition movement, designated as a terrorist entity by the Ethiopian government in 2011.

The researchers found a version of FinSpy in Ethiopia that tricked users into downloading FinSpy embedded photos and an image file of Ginbot 7. According to the report, the Internet Protocol (IP) address used in tracking the opposition’s movements belonged to Ethiopia’s state-owned telecommunications corporation, Ethio Telecom.

“The existence of a FinSpy sample that contains Ethiopia-specific imagery and that communicates with a still-active command and control server in Ethiopia strongly suggests that the Ethiopian government is using FinSpy,” said Morgan Marquis-Boire, a security researcher and technical advisor at the Munk School and a security engineer at Google. Read more from Sudan Tribune »

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