The American social network Twitter (Twitter) decided to appoint the famous information hacker Peiter Zatko – known as “Mudge” – as its head of information security, after facing many loopholes during this year.
In her report, published in the French newspaper Le Monde, writer Clemons Dino said that Peiter Zatko may be one of the most prominent symbols of cybersecurity history.
The notorious hacker was appointed on Monday, November 16, to the position of Chief Information Officer at Twitter.
In an interview with Reuters news agency, Zatco said that his duties will cover combating the spread of false information and protecting against security breaches, which are skills the company badly needs.
The author added that nearly a year ago, the issue of the platform’s IT security sparked a controversy. At the end of 2019, the US government accused, for example, two former Twitter employees of spying on opponents of Saudi Arabia.
And last July, a group of hackers managed to gain control of dozens of accounts, including those of US President-elect Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama, Apple, and entrepreneur Elon Musk, to launch a fraudulent Bitcoin currency.
The controversy was a wake-up call, according to former Facebook security director Alex Stamos, a researcher at Stanford University, who said that Peter Zatko’s arrival was a “gift” for a company like Twitter, which does not have the same financial status as Facebook or Google.
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Zatco is a well-known figure to large corporations, especially when it comes to cybersecurity issues. Before joining Twitter, he oversaw the security of Stripe, an online payment platform valued at more than $ 1 billion.
From 2010 to 2013, he also worked with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency at the Pentagon to oversee the granting of funds for cybersecurity projects, before joining the Google Advanced Projects and Technology group in 2013.
Source: Le Monde