Details about the Twitter’s Insider Threat


    A former twitter employee is accused of leaking user details to a Saudi Prince and is found guilty of accepting a bribe ranging in thousands of dollars and an expensive watch. Ahmad Abouammo, 44, is the person who worked as an engineer of Twitter in the year 2015.

    Although he is no more connected to the social media website, his past deeds have now come to light, confirming him as an Insider Threat.

    As per the details available to our Cybersecurity Insiders, Ahmad passed on data of twitter users who were indulging in public criticism of the governance carried out in Saudi Arabia.

    Investigations revealed Ahmad siphoned users’ email addresses, contact phone numbers, IP addresses, their location details and their tweet content. And passed on the details to a Saudi Royal Family for a luxury goods and currency.

    The family linked to a Saudi Prince then used the details to capture those twitter users who were sharing hatred and blasphemy content against the government on Twitter and were captured and tortured in a secret prison in 2016.

    After the details emerged in the year 2017, via media, the government of the United States launched an investigation all with the help of a 11-member jury. They finally probed down the matter and found that Abouammo was to receive a harsh penalty for his deeds.

    Though the court has obliged his request to remain free from imprisonment, it has taken assurance from him he will not flee the country under any circumstances.

    Saudi Government has also investigated the matter on a separate note and admitted that Ahmad was passing on foreign secrets- all for money’s sake and some materialistic luxuries. The government has also notified that Ahmad was working for Bader Al-Asaker, who in-turn was reporting the matter to the family of Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

    NOTE- All such insider threat revelations might make Elon Musk drive attain an upper hand in the legal battle with Twitter.

    Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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