Ethical hacker: Twitter risk to US national security

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Ethical hacker: Twitter risk to US national security
Cybersecurity expert accuses Twitter of failing to make good on its pledge to modernize its security infrastructure to protect user data.
Dan Verbin
Aug 23, 2022

A computer security expert who is considered an “ethical hacker” has slammed Twitter as a risk to American national security. Peiter “Mudge” Zatko was initially hired by Twitter to improve its cybersecurity two years ago, but said that the social media company had become a risk to national security after it backed out of a deal with the federal government to improve its protection of user data.

Zatko, a software engineer who became infamous as a hacker in the 1990s, filed a complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) claiming Twitter was failing to live up to a deal with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to fix cybersecurity issues that left it vulnerable to hacking, the New York Post reported.

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