A Twitter employee groomed by the Saudi government prompted 2015 state-sponsored hacking warningZack Whittaker / TechCrunch - 1 year ago
  • An explosive report in The New York Times this weekend sheds new light on the apparent targeting of Twitter accounts by “state-sponsored actors” three years ago.
  • It comes in the wake of the confirmed death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Friday, two weeks after he disappeared in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
  • But the troll farm is said to be one part of a wider scheme by the Saudi leadership to surveil critics and dissidents.
  • According to the report, Western intelligence officials told Twitter that one of its employees, a Saudi national, was asked by the Saudi government to spy on the accounts of dissidents.