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Whistleblower: Agents from China and India worked for Twitter

Twitter’s former security chief told the US Congress on Tuesday that Twitter had “at least one agent” from China’s intelligence services on its payroll and that the company intentionally allowed India to bring agents into the company, allowing those countries to Possible access granted. Sensitive data about users.

Those were some of the disturbing revelations from Peter “Mudge” Zatko, a respected cybersecurity expert, who appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to present his complaints against the company.

Zatko told lawmakers that the social network is riddled with vulnerabilities in its cybersecurity that make it vulnerable to exploitation by “teenagers, thieves and spies” and put the privacy of its users at risk.

“I am here today because Twitter’s leadership is misleading the public, lawmakers, regulators and even its own board of directors,” Zatko said at the beginning of his swearing-in statement.

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“They don’t know what data they have, where it lives and where it comes from, and so it’s no coincidence that they can’t protect it,” Zatko said. “It doesn’t matter who has the keys if there are no locks.”

“Twitter’s leadership neglected its engineers” because “their executive incentives made them prioritize profit over security,” he said.

In a statement, Twitter said its recruitment process is “independent of any foreign influence” and that access to data is managed through a range of measures, such as background checks, access control and monitoring systems and procedures. and find out.

One issue that didn’t come up for hearing was whether Twitter was correctly counting its active users, an important metric for its advertisers.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk, trying to extricate himself from a $44 billion deal to buy Twitter, has argued without evidence that Twitter’s roughly 238 million daily users are fake or malicious accounts.

The Delaware judge overseeing the case ruled last week that Musk can add new evidence related to Zatko’s allegations to the trial, which is set to begin October 17.

During the hearing, Musk tweeted a popcorn emoji, often suggesting that someone is sitting back and waiting for the drama to unfold.

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Marcie Gordon on Twitter @mgordonap. as are

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