The three defendants are Ahmad Abouammo and Ali Alzabarah (former officials) and Ahmed Almutairi. The Ministry issued an order conception of the three men blaming them for illegal access to personal information and that they worked as illegal agents of foreign government.
According to the US Department of Justice, from November 2014 to May 2015, Saudi Arabia officials persuaded two former officials to use the corporate credentials to gain access to private information of specific Twitter users. The goals were mainly people who criticized the government of Saudi Arabia and the royal family.
Abouammo had been working on Twitter as a Partnerships Manager for about two years. At that time, he met with a Saudi official in London. According to the charges, after the meeting, Abouammo began accessing unauthorized user data. One of the targets of espionage said he had criticized the royal family of Saudi Arabia and had over 1 million followers.
However, according to the complaint, Abouammo continued to work for the Saudis and interfere with user accounts, still and after the end of his collaboration with Twitter. To do so, he sought the help of his former colleagues.
Saudi officials are said to have awarded Abouammo $ 300.000 and also donated a watch worth $ 20.000.
The FBI interrogated Abouammo last year. The intelligence service alleges that the defendant provided false evidence, which showed a payment of 100.000 dollars by a Saudi official, to offer media advice.
Twitter's second employee, Alzabarah, started working at the company as a mechanical the 2013. In May of 2015, he traveled to Washington, where he reportedly met with Saudi officials.
From May to November on 2015, Alzabarah accessed Twitter users' data without authorization. Alzabarah gained access to 6.000 user data, including 33 users, who authorities law enforcement in Saudi Arabia were considered dangerous and had requested information from the social networking platform in the past.
One of Alzabarah's targets was a "well-known critic of the Saudi government and royal family who had sought asylum in Canada".
According to the US Department of Justice, Alzabarah had access to various information, such as recent IP addresses, information device, resumes, browser information, and activities on platform of Twitter.
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