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Facebook Looking Into Allegation That ‘Privileged Access’ Employee Used Company Tech To Stalk Women


by Eric Lieberman

The founder of a cybersecurity consulting startup said Sunday that she believes an unknown security engineer at Facebook is using special internal technology to stalk women on the internet.

“I have Tinder logs,” Jackie Stokes of Spyglass Security wrote on Twitter, referencing the highly popular dating app. “What should I do with this information?”


Facebook did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment by the time of publication, but reportedly confirmed to Gizmodo that it is investigating the claim.

Stokes said she was able to verify the individual in question, who appears to be using “privileged access” at work to conduct the targeted cyber-espionage, through cross-references of information on Tinder, LinkedIn, and a social media directory.


Someone on Twitter chimed in and advised that Stokes do more digging “if the connection is still live.”

“I don’t run personal ops,” Stokes, whose Twitter handle is @find_evil, responded.

Stokes declined to comment on the record. If her data showing improprieties is legitimate and accurate, then it would be yet another negative piece of news for a company that has faced public backlash for a succession of events and revelations.

It would also be yet another example of a tech worker using his or her powers for highly inappropriate, perhaps even criminal, endeavors.

A former Uber employee announced in 2016 that he is suing the ride-sharing giant for wrongful termination and whistleblower retaliation after he complained about fellow workers using the company’s technology “to track high profile politicians, celebrities, and even personal acquaintances of Uber employees, including ex-boyfriends/girlfriends, and ex-spouses.”

One of the famous people who allegedly had their trip information searched for is Beyoncé. Uber, in general, has been accused of spying in a number of ways.

And Silicon Valley, in general, appears to at least somewhat be a cesspool of “unwanted sexual attention.”

The article has been updated to show that Stokes responded to the inquiry after publication, but chose not to provide on-the-record comments

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