October 3, 2022
Twitter allows Chinese, Indian agents on payroll, users’ privacy at risk, whistleblower claims

Twitter whistleblower Peter “Muj” Zatko on Tuesday alleged that the microblogging platform intentionally allowed India to add agents to the company’s roster, potentially giving the country access to sensitive data about users on the platform. , while “at least one agent” from China’s intelligence service. was employed by the company. In his testimony before a US Senate committee, Zatko claimed that Twitter was endangering the privacy of its users, adding that the company’s leadership neglected its engineers, while their executive incentives allowed them to overestimate the advantage over security. Motivated to prioritize. Twitter responded to these claims by saying that its recruitment process is “independent of any foreign influence” and that access to the data is managed through a number of measures.

according to a report good In his testimony, by the Associated Press, former Twitter chief of security Peter Zatko said that the company knowingly allowed the Indian and Chinese governments to put their agents on the company’s payroll. According to Zatco, agents may have gained access to the company’s systems and user data. The Twitter whistleblower said that weak cyber security has left the social platform vulnerable to exploitation by “teenagers, thieves and spies”, putting users’ privacy at risk.

Jatko, appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, alleged that the company ignored its engineers because their “executive incentives led them to prioritize profit over safety.” Zatko said Twitter’s security systems are out of date and that it runs insecure software on more than half of its data center servers.

He underscored Twitter’s negligence in dealing with governments seeking to hire spies on the microblogging service. He said Twitter’s inability to track how employees access user accounts made it difficult for the platform to detect potential abuse of data access on the service.

According to the report, Jatko, who was Twitter’s chief of security until he was fired earlier this year, said he spoke with “high confidence” about a foreign agent, whom the Indian government called “interactions between India”. To understand”. About how well the ruling party and Twitter and those talks were going about the new social media restrictions.

The whistleblower also revealed that about a week before his firing he was told that “at least one agent” of the Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS) was “on the payroll” on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Zatco accused his former employer of cybersecurity negligence, saying it did not address the “basic systemic failures” recommended by engineers. Zatco also accused Twitter CEO Parag Agarwal and other senior executives and board members of multiple violations, including “making false and misleading statements to users and the FTC about the security of Twitter.

Twitter reportedly denied Zatko’s claims, calling his description of the events “a false narrative … full of inconsistencies and inaccuracies” and lacking significant context. In a statement to the Associated Press, the microblogging platform said its recruitment process is “independent of any foreign influence” and that access to data is managed through a number of measures, including background checks, access control and monitoring and Identification systems and procedures are involved.


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