Ethiopian refugee wants UK action over hacking

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

LONDON (AP) — An Ethiopian refugee is calling on British authorities to open an investigation after experts found traces of sophisticated surveillance software on his computer.

Tadesse Kersmo accused the Ethiopian government of deploying the software to spy on his Skype calls with other members of the country's opposition, excerpts of which later ended up on the Internet.

Kersmo, who was granted asylum in Britain, has enlisted the help of London-based Privacy International to file a complaint with Britain's National Crime Agency.

Kersmo is one of several expatriate Ethiopians who have found themselves at the receiving end of powerful cyberattacks. Last year U.S.-based opposition figure Berhanu Nega said he and his colleagues were purging their computers following apparent hacking attempts.

The Ethiopian government said Tuesday that Kersmo's claims were "baseless allegations."