Twitter hired a famous former hacker as head of security

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By CAPosts 17 November, 2020 - 09:46am 73 views

The social network Twitter hired the famous hacker Peiter Zatko , popularly known as Mudge , as the company's new head of security , as confirmed by the “hacker” himself in his account this Monday.

“It seems that it is already public. I am excited to join the Twitter executive team! I truly believe in the mission of serving (in an equitable way) the public conversation. I'll give my best! ”Wrote the popular hacker.

This is not the first job with a large technology firm for Mudge, who had previously worked for the online payments company Stripe, Google and even for the US Department of Defense in the Agency Defense Advanced Research and Projects (DARPA) .

In July this year, hackers “hacked” dozens of Twitter accounts, including those of various celebrities, and personal data was downloaded from al less eight users, in a scam to collect payments with Bitcoin.

The hack affected, among others, the accounts in the social network of the president-elect of the United States and then Democratic candidate Joe Biden, of former president Barack Obama, the billionaires Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, from the artist Kanye West and the companies Uber and Apple.

In total, the hackers tried to enter 130 Twitter accounts, and managed to change the passwords of 45 e them, which allowed them to send tweets posing as those celebrities.

Many of those messages offered to double the money that users put in Bitcoin to a virtual cryptocurrency wallet, a scam in which at least 510 people fell, who entered among all more than $ 120,000 , according to the analysis company of "blockchain" Chainalysis.

Twitter specified that, according to its investigation, the pirates launched a "scam based on social engineering", by "successfully manipulating a small number of employees and use their credentials to access the internal systems ”of the social network, including its security systems“ with two factors ”.

(With information from EFE)

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