- Prominent hacker Peiter Zatko, also known as Mudge, has now become Twitter’s Chief of Security.
- Mudge is a cybersecurity expert who worked for Stripe and was affiliated with Google and the US Pentagon.
- Twitter was under fire for a couple of months due to hacking of accounts of high-profile persons.
Prominent hacker Peiter Zatko, also known as Mudge, has now become the Chief of Security to prevent this year’s high-profile Twitter hacks.
In an exclusive interview with Reuters, Mudge said that he will review Twitter’s information security. He will also examine Twitter’s site integrity, platform integrity, and physical security. This “starts to touch on abuse and manipulation of the platform, and engineering,” he said.
Mudge is a decorated veteran regarding cybersecurity. He previously worked for Stripe, an online payments unicorn. He also worked on projects at Google and at the US Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research and Projects Agency (DARPA).
Twitter was under fire for a couple of months, beginning with the hacking of the accounts of various high-profile personalities. Some of these include now-US President Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, rapper Kanye West, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and more. Even Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi suffered a Twitter hack.
As it turned out, the culprits behind the Twitter hack were from Florida. According to the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), the hackers took the users’ identity by pretending to work at Twitter. They said they were responding to issues regarding their VPN, which became common due to work-from-home setups.