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Twitter hired the famous hacker ‘Mudge’ to head cybersecurity

The company relies on hacker Peiter Zatko to prevent further hacks on the platform.

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  • The former hacker will be tasked with overseeing the security and integrity of the powerful social network.
  • The appointment comes a few months after the biggest cybersecurity crisis Twitter has ever faced.
Twitter hired the famous hacker ‘Mudge’ to head cybersecurity
Twitter hired the famous hacker ‘Mudge’ to head cybersecurity

The giant of the social networks Twitter has signed the famous hacker Peiter zatko, better known as “Mudge”as your new boss Online Safety.

ZatkoJack Dorsey, who reports directly to the CEO, is one of the most famous hackers in America. With this appointment, the hacker can recommend changes in the structure and practices of the company.

According to the “Mudge” itself, its responsibility will be to “oversee information security, site integrity, physical security, platform integrity and manipulation and engineering,” he told Reuters.

Another goal of Zatko is to improve the public conversations on Twitter. For example, he spoke out in favor of a recent Twitter initiative that encourages users to comment, not just retweet. The next step could be to force people to understand a long conversation before engaging in it, the hacker explained.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he began his hacking career in the 1990s while doing classified work for a government contractor. As part of the Dead Cow Cult, a group of hackers known to attack Windows in an attempt to encourage Microsoft to improve security.

Zatko has long since left the dark side and is now 49 years old to protect his former victims. His resume includes overseeing the security of Stripe’s electronic payments website. He also worked with Google on specific projects and oversaw the provision of grants from the Pentagon’s Agency for Advanced Defense Research and Projects (DARPA).

The appointment comes shortly after one of the biggest security crises Twitter has ever faced. In July 2020, a group of young hackers misled some employees and gained access to internal tools. So he published news from the reports of Elon Musk, Bill Gates and the then presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Peiter Zatko is expected to take office after a 45-60 day review.

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