Filed in United States District Court for the District of Columbia on July 18, a case involving communication taps conducted by the Ethiopian government is raising questions on the pervasiveness of cyberespionage and what the United States government can do about it. The complaint comes following the data breach of white hat hacker team “Hacking Group,” which leaked documents show supplied hacking software to multiple governments, including Ethiopia.

According to the filing, the Ethiopian government engaged in ongoing collection of communications conducted by an Ethiopian ex-patriot turned U.S. citizen. Court documents say that the man – who is unnamed in the filing to protect his identity—had his Skype call, emails and Internet browsing habits routinely collected by spy software.

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