Ex-Security Whistleblower Claims Twitter Has Major Cybersecurity Weaknesses

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Twitter’s Ex-Security Head Files Whistleblower Complaint on Spam, Privacy Issues – The Wall Street Journal

Senate and Congressional committee leaders are looking into claims from Twitter’s former security chief that the platform has questionable cybersecurity defenses and weak measures to fend off spam.

Peiter “Mudge” Zatko filed a complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission accusing Twitter of deceiving shareholders and the Federal Trade Commission.

He claimed that there were widespread security failures, willful misrepresentations by top executives to government agencies and penetration of the company by foreign intelligence. If the allegations are accurate, it could show dangerous data privacy and security risks for Twitter users around the world.

The complaint also alleged that thousands of employees had access to core company software, which led to hacks of high-profile users.

The Senate Judiciary Committee chair and ranking member have held early talks with the whistleblower, and the Senate Intelligence Committee is also looking to set up a meeting with the whistleblower. Zatko’s disclosure could play a role in Twitter’s case against Elon Musk.

Zatko was fired by Agrawal in January but stood by his whistleblower complaint and is now being represented by a nonprofit law firm. The FTC is reviewing the allegations. Zatko was hired by Twitter in late 2020 after a major hack of the company’s systems.

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