Ex-Twitter employee found guilty of spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia / Digital Information World


A former employee of the micro-blogging platform Twitter was recently convicted of spying for Saudi Arabia.

The employee has been identified as Ahmad Abouammo who now faces up to 20 years behind bars for committing the criminal offence.

The news was recently announced by the Ministry of Justice which detailed how a number of senior officials of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia managed to convince the former employee and another of his partners to use their exclusive references and to carry out the illegal activity.

They were asked to access without receiving any form of permission to enter private information relating to certain people, who hosted a number of accounts on the app.

For those unaware, the platform can be used to provide information that some oppressors may not want to make public. Hence, those who tend to share such details manage to perform the deed using pseudonymous accounts. In this way, their activity is protected, their details are not disclosed and information about their relatives also remains confidential.

However, the only catch here is that their identity must remain private at all times.

In this case, the plan did not go very well because Saudi Arabia managed to spy on the private information of these account holders, including email ids, IP addresses and even birth dates of those who had carried on an activity on the application that the members of the royal family of the country described as essential for their regime.

The Ministry of Justice confirms that Abouammo is now guilty of having served as an agent of the Kingdom, of having committed a conspiracy, and even of having been involved in various cases of fraud and money laundering, not to mention the publication of false records. This was recently confirmed by Bloomberg who claim he could now be forced to serve between 10 and 20 years behind bars.

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