Twitter Hires Noted Hacker as Head of Security Months After Bitcoin Scam

Twitter Hires Noted Hacker as Head of Security Months After Bitcoin Scam


Twitter has hired a new head of security four months after suffering one of the worst breaches in its 14-year history.

As reported by Reuters on Monday, Peiter Zatko, a prominent white-hat hacker going by the handle “Mudge,” said he will take charge of security, site integrity and engineering on behalf of the social media giant.

“Looks like the cat is out of the bag,” said Zatko in a tweet on Monday. “I’m very excited to be joining the executive team at Twitter! I truly believe in the mission of (equitably) serving the public conversation.”

Zatko will answer directly to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and will take over management of security functions at the social media site after a 45-60 day review, per Reuters’ reporting.

The infamous hacker made a name for himself in the 1990s when he undertook classified work for a government contractor while also leading a hacking group known as the

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