Do you know your adversary? What if they were sitting right next to you?
In just one week, HackerNews reported two separate data breach incidents involving insider threats. A former employee at cyber security company Trend Micro sold data on 68,000 customers to tech support scammers. And Twitter is no stranger to opposing opinions, the balance of free speech, and the dangers of compromising users who openly express themselves while trusting the privacy and security claims of their platform.
You would think these companies are savvy enough to avoid these incidents. This just illustrates the need for more proactive cyber security defense solutions implemented.
The information Abouammo and Alzabarah illegally accessed about Twitter users include their email addresses, devices used, browser information, user-provided biographical information, birthdates, and other info that can be used to know a user's location, like IP addresses associated with the accounts and phone numbers. The accounts he accessed included at least 33 users for which Saudi Arabian law enforcement had submitted emergency disclosure requests to Twitter. According to the indictment, Abouammo has also been separately charged with acting as a foreign agent and providing the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with falsified records to obstruct the federal investigation. Besides spying on Twitter users, Abouammo has also been accused of deleting certain information from the social media platform, unmasking the identities of some users, and shutting down Twitter accounts on request of the Saudi government officials.