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Former Twitter employee spied for Saudi government


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A former Twitter employee has been found guilty of espionage. He did this for the Saudi government. Bloomberg news agency reports that he is also suspected of internet fraud, money laundering and information falsification.

It is about Ahmad Abuammo. He collected information for Saudi Arabia between November 2014 and May 2015 and passed the data on to Saudi officials. In return, he received various rewards.

Abouammo worked at Twitter as a manager. According to Bloomberg, he helped individuals from the Middle East and North Africa promote their accounts. He abused his role to gain access to contact and login details of users who have been critical of the government of Saudi Arabia.

According to US authorities, Abouammo was working with an aide to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. The former manager says he has simply done his job and believes that Twitter should protect personal data better.

It is not clear exactly what punishment Abouammo will receive. Bloomberg reports that he faces 10 to 20 years in prison. In addition to Abouammo, two other persons are also wanted by the US government for espionage.

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