Twitter expresses security worries

A whistleblower on Twitter expresses security worries 


A former Twitter security head turned whistleblower testified in court that the firm deceived customers and US regulators about security flaws.

A whistleblower on Twitter expresses security worries as Peiter Zatko also asserted that Twitter miscalculated the number of phony and spam accounts that were present on its network. The allegations could have an impact on Twitter’s legal spat with billionaire Elon Musk, who is attempting to back out of his $44 billion (£37 billion) purchase agreement with the company. Twitter claims that Mr. Zatko’s accusations are untrue and contradictory.

According to the report, he was fire in January due to poor performance and ineffective leadership. Mr. Zatko charged Twitter with violating strict security procedures and “lying about bots to Elon Musk” in his damning findings, which were first reported by CNN and The Washington Post. In July, he submitted his grievance to the Securities and Exchange Commission. 

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 In it, Mr. Zatko also criticized Twitter’s handling of private information and asserted that it had misreported some of these issues to US regulators.  One of the issues Mr. Zatko has with Twitter, he claims, is that there is “about one security incident each week important enough that Twitter was forced to report it to regulators.

 By claiming that too many workers had access to private networks and user information, the former security chief expressed his concern about how Twitter handled data. He expressed concern that there was no effective disaster recovery plan in place at the company and asserted that in the past, Twitter had not properly deleted the data of users who had terminated their accounts.

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The Washington Post notes that he “provides little substantial evidence” to support these claims. However, Elon Musk’s legal team has already reacted to the remarks. The Tesla CEO’s legal team is currently attempting to back out of the agreement by claiming that Twitter lacks the ability to confirm how many of its 229 million daily active users are indeed human. Following the disclosures made by Mr. Zatko, Mr. Musk tweeted screenshots of the article from The Washington Post along with the words “give a small whistle.”

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In 1998, he participated in congressional hearings on cyber-security. Additionally, he has held executive positions at Google and DARPA, the research and development arm of the US government. “What we’ve seen so far is a false narrative about Twitter and our privacy and data-security standards.

Twitter’s top priorities have always been and will continue to be security and privacy. Mr. Zatko’s accusations and opportunistic timing seem aimed at garnering attention and causing harm to Twitter, its users, and its shareholders.

 Source: bbc

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