Ethiopian Government Uses Commercial Spyware to Monitor Journalists, Advocates
March 24, 2014 | Publication | Human Rights, MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions
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A report from The Citizen Lab, a 2014 recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, exposes the Ethiopian government’s use of commercial spyware to hack into the computers of journalists in the Washington, D.C. area. The report shows that products created by Hacking Team, an Italian company with a regional sales office in Annapolis, are capable of stealing documents from hard drives, snooping on video chats, reading e-mails, stealing contact lists, and remotely flipping on cameras and microphones to spy on a computer’s user.

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