A complaint from the US Department of Justice Shows that the US has charged two former employees of twitter and the third man from Saudi Arabia of spying.
The US accused them of digging up the private user data and giving it to Saudi officials in exchange for payment.
According to the complaint, they were indulged in espionage activities for KSA without registering as foreign agents.
Ironically, the indictment points finger on at Saudi Arabia which shares warm ties with US president despite its spotty human rights record.
On the other hand, many of the US lawmakers were already critical about Riyadh’s conduct on war with Yemen.
Moreover, the relations between the two also faced a cold phase after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who had US residency and wrote for Washington Post.
Despite the pressure, Trump stood by the Kingdom and its ruler Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.
According to the complaint, one of the accused repeatedly accessed the twitter account of a critic of the Saudi royal family in early 2015.
Due to this, he was able to view the e-mail address and telephone number associated with the account.
Further, he also accessed the account of the second Saudi critic to have personally identifiable information.
Twitter unearthed his unauthorized access to private data and placed him on administrative leave. But the action taken against him, he already had tapped data from over 6000 accounts.
the officials arrested Abouammo, one of the accused in Seattle. He is a citizen of the US while the other two are in Saudi Arabia.
Payment for information:
The complaint said that the two former twitter employees were given cash and other rewards, such as an expensive watch.
Abouammo later claimed that the watch was worth $35000 in communication with prospective buyers.
Twitter said that it was grateful to the FBI and the US justice department.
Furthermore, it said that it recognizes the lengths of bad actors will go to undermine its services.
Twitter shared its perspective that the company limited access to sensitive account information to a limited group of trained employees.
However, Twitter did not comment on how it became aware of the two men’s activities.