The Twitter whistleblower has launched a scathing attack on Twitter’s execution in a US Senate hearing, lashing out at his ‘lack of competence’ as he elaborated on serious security issues on the social media platform.
Peter “Muj” Zatko, who was Twitter’s chief of security until he was fired at the beginning of the year, alleged that the firm does not delete users’ data after deactivating their accounts, and cybersecurity policies. which exposes it to hacking and disinformation by the state. Attacker Twitter has denied this.
Zatko said at a US Senate Judiciary Committee hearing: “When I joined Twitter, I learned that this highly influential company was more than a decade behind industry safety standards.
“When I repeatedly alarmed about the real risks associated with … [these problems] The working group instead chose to address its board, shareholders, lawmakers and the public, instead of misleading them.
“Twitter leadership neglects its engineers because key parts of the leadership lack the ability to understand the scope of the problem. They don’t know what data they have, where it lives or where it came from, and so Amazingly, they can’t protect it. If you don’t have locks on your door, it doesn’t matter who has the key.”
The devastating remarks come ahead of a legal battle between Twitter and Tesla boss Elon Musk as the social media giant hopes to force through the billionaire’s abandoned $44 billion takeover deal.
Musk is believed to have introduced Zatko as part of the trial that Twitter is hoping to force despite Musk’s abandoned acquisition. The Tesla boss walked out of the deal after the company accused the company of failing to provide accurate information about the number of fake and ‘bot’ accounts on the platform. Twitter has confirmed its view that the number of these accounts represents less than 5% of total users.
Last week, Musk’s lawyers asked a Delaware court to delay the trial so they could investigate a whistleblower’s claims over his security policy. Twitter’s lawyers hit back at the request, saying: “Mr. Musk is pleading guilty to Twitter for failing to perform customary due diligence.”
Senator Chuck Grassley said at the hearing: “The whistleblower revelations paint a very disturbing picture of a company that is focused solely on profit at any cost, including the safety and security of its users.”
Twitter did not respond to a request for comment.
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