San Francisco’s Twitter names famed hacker ‘Mudge’ as head of security

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San Francisco’s Twitter names famed hacker ‘Mudge’ as head of security

In what could be contemplated as Twitter Inc.’s last-ditch attempt to muscle up the security of its microblogging platform, the San Francisco, California-headquartered social networking mogul had named one of the world’s top hackers, Peiter Zatko, better known as “Mudge”, as its head of security, as the social networking platform had long been looking to flesh up its system security protocol after becoming a potential target to a series of security breaches over the recent past.

In point of fact, Twitter said in a statement earlier in the day that it was going to appoint Peiter Zatko as the social networking giant’s head of security who would be handling almost every aspect of the social networking platform’s security ranging from engineering errors to content distortions, while Zatko would answer directly to Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey.

Besides, Twitter had also added that Zatko was expected to take charge after a 45- to 60- day period of review.

Twitter appoints hacker Zatko as head of security

In actuality, Peter Zatko, 49, whose colourful programming career began in the early 1990s, has been long-adored for his prior works on several special projects in Google LLC.

alongside the US Defence Department’s DARPA (Defence Advanced Research and Project Agency), while the veteran networking security expert most recently had served as a security head of electronic payment unicorn Stripe.

Besides, Zatko had been one of the leaders of a hacking group known as the Cult of the Dead Cow that had created a cascade of hacking tools for Windows OS. Meanwhile, followed by the Twitter Inc. statement earlier in the day, Zatko said in an exclusive interview with the reporters, “…will examine information security, site integrity, physical security, platform integrity -- which starts to touch on abuse and manipulation of the platform -- and engineering,” while expressing a through and through optimism over the latest signing of Zatko into Twitter Inc.’s security management, Chief of Google LLC.’s Advanced Product Group, Dan Kaufman who had supervised Zatko in multiple special projects for the US Defence Department, said late on the day, “I don’t know if anyone can fix Twitter’s security, but he’d be at the top of my list.