Whistleblower Zatko to Senate: Twitter misleads public, has security issues
A former Twitter executive turned whistleblower appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to say the social media company is more than a decade behind industry security standards and that puts users’ personal information at risk to hackers.
Mudge: It’s not far-fetched to say an employee could take over the accounts of all the senators in this room.
Zatko, who goes by Mudge, says there’s also an internal risk from employees who have far too much access to user data. This is what he says happened when he asked a staff member to check on a specific user.
Mudge: “It only took that person 10 minutes to get back to me and said here’s who they are, this is the address where they live, this is where they are physically at this moment,
Mudge also described a company that prioritizes profits over security. He testified Twitter breaks its own policy by allowing organizations associated with the Chinese government to advertise on the site, which could put user information at risk.
Zatko: “The executive in charge of sales came to me and said Mudge it’s a big internal conundrum because we’re making too much money from these sales. We’re not going to stop. We need something to make employees comfortable with the fact that we’re doing this.”
Ahead of the hearing the Chairman and Ranking member of the committee sent a letter to Twitter’s CEO Parag Agrawal requesting more information about Twitter’s data protection policies.
Agrawal was invited to testify, but declined saying it could impact Twitter’s ongoing litigation with Elon Musk. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.