Twitter spy case highlights risks for big tech platforms

Social media platforms like Twitter are rife with all kinds of user information, some of which is shared publicly, and some of which is private. If private, then accessing it would be pretty hard unless you’re a Twitter employee, which is what the Saudi Arabia government was counting on when they recruited a couple of Twitter employees to spy on their critics.According to a complaint that was recently unsealed in the US District Court in San Francisco, it was revealed that the Saudi government had apparently recruited a couple of employees at Twitter to look into the data belonging to thousands of Twitter accounts, which were believed to be critics of the current government. This included details like email addresses, IP address, date of birth, and so on.The employees who were recruited were also said to have been rewarded for their efforts in the form of designer watches and tens of thousands of dollars which were banked into secret bank accounts.It has also been reported that the employees involved

Twitter spy case highlights risks for big tech platforms

The allegations of spying by former Twitter employees for Saudi Arabia underscore the risks for Silicon Valley firms holding sensitive data which make the platforms ripe for espionage.

Sat 9 Nov 19 from TechXplore

Twitter employees recruited by Saudi Arabia to spy on kingdom's critics, US prosecutors say

Men allegedly part of coordinated operation launched by Riyadh

Wed 6 Nov 19 from The Independent

Two former Twitter workers charged with spying on users for Saudi Arabia

Ahmad Abouammo, a US citizen who left Twitter in May 2015, was arrested on Tuesday. Ali Alzabarah, a Saudi citizen, fled the US a day later after being confronted. A third individual, Saudi ...

Thu 7 Nov 19 from Techspot

Saudi Government Reportedly Recruits Twitter Employees To Spy On Its Critics

Social media platforms like Twitter are rife with all kinds of user information, some of which is shared publicly, and some of which is private. If private, then accessing it would be pretty ...

Wed 6 Nov 19 from Ubergizmo

Two former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia

Federal prosecutors accused two former Twitter employees of spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

Wed 6 Nov 19 from CNN

Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia

Federal law enforcement is taking action against former Twitter workers who allegedly spied for Saudi Arabia. The Justice Department has charged Ali Alzabarah (the one whose activities ...

Wed 6 Nov 19 from Engadget

Former Twitter Employees Charged With Spying for Saudi Arabia, Wed 6 Nov 19 from Gizmodo

Ex-Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia

US prosecutors allege that Saudi agents sought personal information about known Saudi critics.

Wed 6 Nov 19 from BBC Technology

Former Twitter employees charged with spying on users for Saudis

Indictment accuses two of passing data about people critical of Saudi royals, government.

Wed 6 Nov 19 from Arstechnica

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