The Ethiopian Government’s Use of FinSpy

On February 1, 2014, Privacy International filed a criminal complaint asking the National Cyber Crime Unit of the UK’s National Crime Agency (“NCA”) to investigate Ethiopia’s use of FinSpy in June 2012 to infect the computer of Tadesse Kesmo, a political refugee living in the UK since 2009. FinSpy is a component of the FinFisher intrusion kit developed and produced by UK company Gamma Internatational. Users of FinSpy gain full access to their targets’ devices and the contents on the devices and are able to turn on functions such as cameras and microphones. Privacy International alleges that the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (“RIPA”), the Serious Crimes Act, and the Accessories and Abettors Act 1861 were violated by Ethiopia’s use of FinSpy to conduct surveillance on Mr. Kesmo’s computer.

Privacy International’s press release is available at

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