Twitter announced Monday that it has appointed Beatr Zatko, one of the best cyber hackers in the world, as Chief of Security, to confront the persistent threat on its tweet platform and address its security flaws.
Here you go: Twitter names "Mudge" Zatko head of security. Priors at DARPA, Google, L0pht and Cult of the Dead Cow. https://t.co/aDF358xinT— Joseph Menn (@josephmenn) November 16, 2020
Reuters news agency quoted Zatko as saying that he intends to “examine and review the security of information on Twitter, and the integrity of the site.”
Zatko recently oversaw the security of the “Unicorn Strip” electronic payments.
Prior to that, he worked on special projects at Google and oversaw the distribution of grants for cybersecurity projects at the renowned Defense Research and Projects Agency (DARPA) of the Pentagon.
Zatco’s career began in the 1990s, and he became famous among the leading specialists in cyber piracy and defense technology systems.
“I don’t know if anyone can fix Twitter security, but I think Zatco has those capabilities,” said Dan Kaufman, who oversaw Zatco in the past and now heads the advanced product group at Google.
In July, a group of young hackers deceived employees and gained access to internal tools, allowing them to change account settings and then Tweet from the accounts of then-presidential candidate Joe Biden, even Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
A year ago, the US government accused two men of spying for Saudi Arabia while they were working on Twitter years ago, saying they passed on private information about the kingdom’s critics.