Ex Twitter employee’s accused of spying for Saudi Arabia

Social Media _the new battlefield of Politics, Twitter is the first victim

“Privilcompanycess is one of the toughest things in any organization and especially in tech companies. Companies are not doing enough to protect sensitive consumer data. This is a great example with Twitter. Insiders can do major damage and often go undetected for large periods.” says Dave Kennedy, founder of TrustedSec, a cybersecurity firm.

No one can deny the above-quoted words in the present era. On Wednesday, the justice department charged two people who were former employees of the giant social influencer ‘Twitter’. Ahmad Abouammo and Ali Alzabarah, both of them are former employees of Twitter and are accused of spying for Saudi Arabia.

The accusation of two former employees has delivered a very heavy blow on the privacy and security policy of Twitter, which sure has swept the land out of its foundation of the company. According to The Washington Post, there seems to be a third suspect, who seemed to be acting as the rope of communication between the two ends, that is, the Twitter employees and the government of Saudi Arabia.

Both Ali Alzabarah and Ahmed Almutairi are the citizens of Saudi Arabia. While Ahmad Abouammo is a citizen of the United States and was arrested in Seattle on Tuesday, all of them are accused of spying on three Twitter accounts of the government and passing onto that information to Saudi Arabia.

Alzabarah has been alleged of tracking and breaking into more than 6000 twitter accounts for personal information, which also included the account of Jamal Khashoggi ally Omar Abdulaziz. And according to the post, it’s highly suspected that these three suspects have been a partner in crime with Badal Al Asaker, the receiving end of the communication, and all the intel’s provided by the three suspects.

Badal Al Asaker is the secretary-general of Misk Foundation, a non-profit organization established by Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. It is said that Asaker paid Abouammo an amount of $ 300,000 and a $ 20,000 Hublot watch to carry out this task, after which he became the director of Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman’s private office.

Twitter said in a statement that, “We recognize the lengths bad actors will go to try and undermine our service. Our company limits access to sensitive account information to a limited group of trained and vetted employees. We’re committed to protecting those who use our service to advocate for equality, individual freedoms, and human rights.”

Inquiry and investigation are being done on this issue, and Abouamma, who is an American among the three suspects, is only present to deal with the charges in the court. While the other two, Ali Alzabarah and Ahmed Almutairi, are currently in Saudi Arabia for the United States doesn’t share any Extradition treaty with Saudi America.

The charges have made a breach of security for Silicon Valley. The Twitter spokesperson said in a statement that, “The Company limits access to sensitive account information to a limited group of trained and vetted employees.”

He also added, “We understand the incredible risks faced by many who use Twitter to share their perspectives with the world and to hold those in power accountable. We have tools in place to protect their privacy and their ability to do their vital work. We’re committed to protecting those who use our service to advocate for equality, individual freedoms, and human rights.”

However, it’s still very terrifying to know that social media giant Company such as Twitter is incapable of handling and maintaining the privacy of its users’ accounts. And the very fact that the gambling of private information has done by none other than its employee is a very serious matter in itself.

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