Mitto AG Co-Founder Removed after Spying Allegations

Mitto AG co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Ilja Gorelik has reportedly been removed from the company after news broke out that he operated a secret surveillance service for government entities.

“The employee (Gorelik) is said to have misused the access granted by the mobile phone operators to their networks to obtain information. According to the report, he is said to have used the Signaling System (SS7) access, in particular, to enable third parties to monitor people for a fee,” said Switzerland’s federal data protection and information commissioner.

According to the investigation, Gorelik allowed surveillance-technology companies access to Mitto’s networks which resulted in personal data being used by governments for surveillance purposes. 

Mitto CEO Andrea Giacomini denied the allegations and said it would launch an internal investigation and announced that they have removed two unnamed employees.

“Swift actions have been taken, and we are committed to ensuring the health and wellness of our brand and our organization,” Giacomini. 

Mitto informed its stakeholders of Gorelik’s departure from the company but did not explain why.

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