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Twitter drops service provider after accusations it was used to surveil people

The service was used to send text codes.

Twitter has told Sen. Ron Wyden that it has finally severed ties with a Swiss-based tech company that was accused of exposing sensitive data. Several other companies have since stopped business with the tech firm.

Mitto helps telecom companies deliver text messages in bulk to billions of people around the globe. The company sends automated texts for things such as two-factor security codes, promotions, and appointment reminders.

Towards the end of last year, Mitto’s co-founder and COO Ilja Gorelik was accused of selling access to the company’s networks, allowing the clandestine access of people’s locations and even call logs, according to Bloomberg.

In a previous statement, the company said it was not involved in spying, and that it had launched an internal investigation “to determine if our technology and business has been compromised.”

Twitter is one of the many companies that used Mitto’s services. The social media company told Sen. Ron Wyden that it was no longer working with Mitto. According to an aide for the senator, Twitter said the main reason it was cutting ties with the Swiss company was media reports.

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