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Report claims Elbit System's subdiary sold spyware used to target Ethiopian dissidents

Author: The Citizen Lab (Munk School of Global Affairs), Canada, Published on: 11 December 2017

"Champing at the Cyberbit Ethiopian Dissidents Targeted with New Commercial Spyware"

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 updates and PDF plugins...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.

Our analysis of the spyware indicates it is a product known as PC Surveillance System (PSS), a commercial spyware product with a novel exploit-free architecture. PSS is offered by Cyberbit — an Israel-based cyber security company that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems — and marketed to intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

 

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Related companies: Elbit Systems