By FactsWow Team
Posted on: 25 Aug, 2022
A former head of Twitter filed a complaint on Tuesday and has alleged that the company has misled regulators about its cyber security defenses and its problems with fake accounts.
This huge revelation might create some serious and legal problems for the social media platform which is currently also forcing Tesla owner Elon Musk to give $44 billion for simply hyping to buy the company.
Peter Zatko was fired from his position of security chief last year but he did not stop and filed complaints last month with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Department of Justice.
He has accused Twitter of violating the terms of a 2011 FTC settlement by falsely claiming that it had put stronger measures in place to protect the security and privacy of its users. He also accused the company of deceptions involving its handling of “spam' or fake accounts.
Zatko is better known for his hacker handle “Mudge,” He is a highly respected cybersecurity expert who first gained prominence in the 1990s and later worked in senior positions at the Pentagon and Google.
He joined the social media platform Twitter after CEO Jack Dorsey had urged him to do so in late 2020, and in the same year the company suffered a security breach involving hackers who broke into the Twitter accounts of world leaders.
Twitter revealed that he was fired for “ineffective leadership and poor performance” and said the “allegations and opportunistic timing appear designed to capture attention and inflict harm on Twitter, its customers, and its shareholders.
A spokesperson from the U.S. The Senate's intelligence committee said the committee has received Zatko's complaint and is working to set up a meeting 'to discuss the allegations in further detail. We take this matter seriously.”
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