Reuters reported that Peiter Zatko, a notorious hacker with the nickname Mudge, will become the head of security at Twitter.
The new appointment echoes the massive Twitter hack in July that compromised around 100 celebrity-owned accounts.
Twitter hires former hacker
A few months after the major Twitter hack, the social media giant appointed a former high-profile hacker to head the platform’s security.
Pieter Zatko, also known as “Mudge”, has worked for Google and the United States Military Agency (DARPA) in the Pentagon, among others. The famous hacker made a name for himself in the 1990s by leading a group of hackers known as the “Cult of the Dead Cow” whose goal was to expose Microsoft Windows security holes.
Mudge was one of the very first hackers to cooperate and maintain extensive relationships with US government agencies.
It seems that this new appointment echoes the events of mid-July. The social media giant has suffered the worst security breach in its 15-year history. Indeed, a group of teenagers managed to hack around 130 accounts to promote a scam.
Twitter accounts of figures like Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Jeff Bezos or Elon Musk invited users to send Bitcoin (BTC) to a specific address by promising that double the funds would be sent back. Obviously, no BTC was sent.
In September, hackers also managed to hijack the Twitter account of Narendra Modi, India’s Prime Minister, to broadcast messages asking for donations of cryptocurrency. In fact, Twitter is now looking to strengthen the security of its platform.