Connect with us

Politics

Ex-Facebook security chief: More spy scandals like Twitter’s to come

Published

on

  • Federal prosecutors have charged 2 former Twitter employees suspected of spying for the Saudi Arabian government, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday.
  • The complaint alleges the former Twitter employees spied on more than 6,000 Twitter accounts of users critical of Saudi Arabia.
  • Facebook’s ex-security chief, Alex Stamos, took to Twitter to talk about the risk of spying at tech companies. He said “there will be more” scandals like this.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Two former Twitter employees are being charged by US authorities alleging they spied on more than 6,000 Twitter accounts since 2015, The Washington Post first reported on Wednesday.

According to former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos, we can expect to see more of these scandals in the future.

Stamos specifically tweeted about the need for tech companies to focus on detection and prevention going forward.

Tech companies don’t typically perform the same background checking that is required for high-level security clearance in the US government, although employees may similarly have access to sensitive information. Stamos said that tech companies don’t conduct single scope background investigations (SSBIs), which involve interviewing employers, teachers, and other affiliates, or polygraph tests, both of which are standard practice in the intelligence community.

Stamos tweeted about the need for tech companies to have internal controls that can prevent employees from being tempted to share information.

“I think having good internal controls is a fundamental duty to employees to make it less likely they might get pressured for access,” he wrote.

Companies also need to incorporate more modern, non-discriminatory preventative measures, Stamos said, and should conduct “internal hunting” for compromised employees.

In his Twitter thread, Stamos warned “there will be more.”

Read the full complaint and list of charges against the two former Twitter employees over at The Washington Post.

Continue Reading
Advertisement Find your dream job

Trending