A man uses Twitter at a coffee shop in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. Photo: AP

Twitter spy case highlights tech giants face data risks from not just hackers, but also rogue employees

  • The two Saudis and one American allegedly worked together to unmask the ownership details behind dissident Twitter accounts on behalf of Saudi Arabia
  • Analysts say the incident shows how massive databases held by tech giants can be targets for intelligence agencies
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A man uses Twitter at a coffee shop in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. Photo: AP
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A man reads tweets on his phone in front of a displayed Twitter logo in Bordeaux, France, in March 2016. Photo: Reuters

Two ex-Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia

  • US prosecutors say they helped Riyadh access personal information about known dissidents and thousands of other users
  • One of them, US citizen Ahmad Abouammo, allegedly paid at least US$300,000 and given US$20,000 watch
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A man reads tweets on his phone in front of a displayed Twitter logo in Bordeaux, France, in March 2016. Photo: Reuters
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