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Twitter Deep Throat: They’re Way Behind on Security | Digital Trends Spanish


This Tuesday, September 13, appeared in a hearing before the United States Senate, the former head of Twitter security, Peiter Mudge Zatkowho once again brought the problems of the platform to the attention of the legislators.

The former employee of the social media company referred to the serious gaps in account and data protection.

“What I discovered when I joined Twitter was that this hugely influential company was more than a decade behind industry security standards,” Zakto alleged. “The company’s cybersecurity flaws make it vulnerable to exploitation, causing real harm to real people.”

Zatko alleged that executive incentives led the company to prioritize profits over salary. He claimed that Twitter doesn’t know what data it has, so it can’t adequately protect it. He also claimed that employees have too much access to data.

“It doesn’t matter who has keys if you don’t have locks on the doors,” he alleged. “It’s not unreasonable to say that an employee within the company could take over the accounts of every senator in this room.”

Zatko told lawmakers that Twitter’s alleged failures to track its own employees’ access to the system made it impossible for the company to seek out foreign agents working for the company and kick them out on its own.

“One of the disturbing things that I saw…was a lack of ability to internally search and identify inappropriate access within their own systems.” Zatko said that Twitter could only find such agents when alerted by outside agencies, with the exception of one agent it believed with “high confidence” was working on behalf of the Indian government.

“There was an internal culture of only reporting good results,” Zatko concluded.

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