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Former Twitter security chief accuses lies in bot and spam report | Digital Trends Spanish


A new flank between Elon Musk and Twitter was opened following statements by the company’s former head of security, legendary hacker Peiter ‘Mudge’ Zatko, who made a serious accusation: the social network has concealed negligent security practices, misled federal regulators about its security, and failed to has been able to adequately estimate the number of bots and spam on its platform.

Zatko was fired by twitter in January and claims this was retaliation for his refusal to keep quiet about the company’s vulnerabilities. Last month, he filed a complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) accusing Twitter of misleading shareholders and violating an agreement it made with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to maintain certain security standards. His complaints, totaling more than 200 pages, were obtained by CNN Y Washington Post and published in redacted form this morning.

“This would never be my first step, but I think I’m still fulfilling my obligation to Jack and the users of the platform,” Zatko told Washington Post about your decision to become a whistleblower. “I want to finish the job he brought in for, which is to improve the place.”

#BREAK A former Twitter executive, its head of security, has turned whistleblower.

He alleges serious security problems at the company that he says are a risk to national security and democracy.

His first TV interview here:https://t.co/QU823RBnN1 pic.twitter.com/krh7WVOrhe

— Donie O’Sullivan (@donie) August 23, 2022

Zatko’s complaints:

What Twitter said:

NEW: First time Twitter CEO @paraga weighs in on whistleblower story.

Sending this message to staff this morning. pic.twitter.com/WY4TCqbA5q

— Donie O’Sullivan (@donie) August 23, 2022

Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal responded to the charges in an email sent to employees, posted on Twitter by CNN reporter Donie O’Sullivan.

Agrawal says the company is reviewing what has been released, but what they have seen is “a false narrative that is riddled with inconsistencies and inaccuracies, and presented without significant context.”

The letter even claims that Mudge “was responsible for many aspects of this job that he is now inaccurately portraying more than six months after his termination.”

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