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How U.S. Surveillance Helps Repressive Regimes — the Ethiopia Case

High time for the US administration and Congress to reckon with the human rights abuses of the Ethiopian government, and how the sharing of national security technologies is enabling the regime.

Corporations—human rights—surveillance: The sharing of national security technologies could make U.S. complicit in the war crimes and crimes against humanity being committed by its security partner – the Ethiopian regime. (Photo: azatvaleev/Getty Images)

BY FELIX HORNE | JUST SECURITY

Recent stories from Edward Snowden’s disclosures show how the US government’s involvement with Ethiopia presents a case study in enabling repressive regimes to carry out surveillance on their own citizens.

In the case of Ethiopia, such surveillance powers can play a significant role in a government’s criminalization of dissent and politically motivated detentions. The United States is not alone in its assistance. Ethiopia has also used hacking technologies obtained from abroad to spy on diaspora living in the United States. Continue reading How U.S. Surveillance Helps Repressive Regimes — the Ethiopia Case

Hacking Team Admits Selling Spying Software to Ethiopia

SHAMFUL. After being exposed of spying its own citizens using a private technology, a first-of-its kind lawsuit resumes in a U.S. District Court against the Ethiopian regime for deploying surveillance malware against American citizens on an American soil, disregarding the law of the land.

By ESAT News,

EVEN though the Ethiopian government have long denied the allegation that it has been using Remote Control System (RCS) to spy on journalists and citizens, senior officials of Hacking Team have admitted on Monday that the company has indeed sold its hacking software to Ethiopia. Continue reading Hacking Team Admits Selling Spying Software to Ethiopia

Poor Ethiopia is Rich in Computer Espionage

With a much less technical knowledge, the Ethiopian regime apparently bought commercial spyware, essentially off the shelf, and hire an Italian ‘Hacking Team’ to spy citizen living abroad

By WND,

Amid all the reports of spying on Americans by the U.S. government, through the National Security Agency, FBI and others, the complaint filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on behalf of a man identified only by the pseudonym of Mr. Kidane takes allegations to a whole new level.

The complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington alleges the Ethiopian government infected his computer so that it could wiretap his private Skype calls and monitor his family’s every use of the computer for months on end.  Continue reading Poor Ethiopia is Rich in Computer Espionage