Whistleblower auditioned in the Senate“Twitter is misleading elected officials, regulators and their board of directors”
“They don’t know what data they have, so obviously they can’t protect it,” the former social media security chief told U.S. senators on Tuesday.
Peiter Zatko, Twitter’s former head of security, became a whistleblower, extensively on Tuesday before American senators his allegations of severe vulnerability of the social network, during a hearing closely followed as part of the legal dispute between Twitter and Elon Musk.
“No locks on the doors”
“Twitter management is deceiving elected officials, regulators and even its own board of directors,” said the cybersecurity expert, better known by his alias Mudge. As the platform’s security chief, he claims to have uncovered serious vulnerabilities from his hiring in late 2020 until he was fired last January, and says he tried to alert management to no avail.
“They don’t know what data they have, where they are, where they’re coming from. And that’s why they can’t protect them, of course,” said Peiter Zatko in his opening speech to the Judiciary Committee. “Employees have too much access (…) it doesn’t matter who has the keys if you don’t have locks on the doors,” he noted. At the end of August, the exposure of the report that he submitted to the American authorities that summer received a bombshell from the press.
His intervention was timely for multi-billionaire Elon Musk, who used it to justify his own Cancellation of the takeover project of the Californian company for 44 billion dollars. Especially since Peiter Zatko directly answers the Tesla boss’s questions in his report automated Twitter accounts. He cites “misleading” statements by network boss Parag Agrawal and claims Twitter’s tools are “outdated”, its teams “overwhelmed” and “inefficient”.
Trial scheduled for October
Elon Musk – who launched an offensive to take over the platform in mid-April – has been hammering for months that he believes the proportion of fake accounts and spam far exceeds the 5% estimated by Twitter management. The social network started Lawsuit against Elon Musk to force him to honor his acquisition commitment. A trial before a specialized court is scheduled for mid-October. On Tuesday, shareholders of the San Francisco-based company must vote on the agreement signed in late April to acquire Twitter at $54.20 per share or a total valuation of $44 billion.
“I did not make my whistleblower disclosures out of spite or to harm Twitter,” Mudge assured senators Tuesday. “Given the real harm to users and national security, I decided it was necessary to take the personal and professional risk for myself and my family to sound the alarm,” he explained.
Twitter shareholders approve proposed Musk acquisition
Twitter shareholders on Tuesday approved an agreement to buy the platform from Elon Musk for $44 billion, a pledge that the multi-billionaire unilaterally canceled and accused the company of lying to him. The vote solidifies the social network’s position a month before opening the lawsuit it has launched against Elon Musk to force him to honor his pledge.
Twitter had called its shareholders to a “special meeting” via video conference, but the context of the vote has changed dramatically since late April, when the group’s board of directors and Elon Musk signed a deal to buy Twitter at $54.20 a share.
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