A former Twitter worker has been pronounced responsible for his function in digging up personal info pertaining to sure Twitter customers and turning over that data to Saudi Arabia.
Ahmad Abouammo, 44, was convicted by a jury after a two-week trial in San Francisco federal courtroom, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. He faces as much as 20 years in jail when sentenced.
The verdict comes practically three years after Abouammo, together with Ali Alzabarah and Ahmed Almutairi (Ahmed Aljbreen) have been indicted in 2019 for appearing as “illegal agents” of Saudi Arabia, with the previous additionally charged with destroying, altering, and falsifying data in a federal investigation.
Prosecutors accused Abouammo and Alzabarah, each of whom joined Twitter in 2013, of being enlisted by officers of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for unmasking its critics on the social media platform.
According to courtroom paperwork, each people leveraged their entry to inside methods to unauthorizedly pay money for nonpublic details about customers of particular accounts that have been crucial of the regime.
This info encompassing electronic mail addresses, telephone numbers, IP addresses, and dates of start, have been then handed over to the officers in return for which Abouammo obtained $300,000 in money and a Hublot Unico Big Bang King Gold Ceramic watch valued at $40,000.
Furthermore, in an try and impede the probe, Abouammo is mentioned to have lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) brokers when confronted at his Seattle dwelling in October 2018, saying the watch was “junky” and simply price $500, along with offering a falsified bill about solely receiving a $100,000 wire for consulting and media technique work.
While Alzabarah sought help from Almutairi to flee the U.S. in December 2015 and escape the trial, Abouammo was arrested on November 5, 2019.
“These individuals are charged with targeting and obtaining private data from dissidents and known critics, under the direction and control of the government of Saudi Arabia,” FBI Special Agent in Charge, John F. Bennett, mentioned on the time. “Insider threats pose a critical threat to American businesses and our national security.”