When MySpace was still prevalent social networks, some employees have been surprised by train to spy on users and have been laid off in the wake. This discovery was made by the UNITED STATE site motherboard which has specified that the employees were using an internal tool to access the data of users as their password or some messages.
Called “Overlord”, the tool allowed to gather information on the users following a request of the forces of order. It also served to moderate the contents of the social network and to implement the requests for withdrawal of rights of the author. However, some employees have taken advantage of this tool to spy on their former relationships.
Privileged access abuse?
Himanshu Nigam, responsible for the security of MySpace between 2006 and 2010, said to motherboard that “the direction controlled the manner in which these tools were used, and applied a strict policy, according to which if you break one of the capabilities that you were data, you were removed not only your functions but also of society”.
On its side, the current direction of MySpace has responded through a spokesperson: “bad use of the data of users will result in a dismissal” before adding that access to Overlord was limited to “a very small number of employees” and that all access were recorded and reviewed.
Most of the companies have a tool like “Overlord” in internal to be able to manage the abuse or respond to applications of the act. This scandal is not the first of its kind since 2018, an engineer in the security of Facebook has used its preferred access to track a user of the social network while others could read the passwords of users. Employees of Snapchat would have done the same and had been able to access the data of the users as well as the location information, Saved Photos and information as my phone numbers and email addresses.