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Twitter whistleblower Peiter ‘Mudge’ Zatko’s testimony was ‘terrifying’ for Capitol Hill staffers

Whistleblower Peiter “Mudge” Zatko’s dramatic Congressional testimony final week about “egregious” safety issues at Twitter left some Capitol Hill aides on edge. 

Zatko, Twitter’s ex-security chief, described a litany of alleged privateness and nationwide safety dangers, together with the positioning hiring a Chinese spy and giving hundreds of workers the flexibility to entry customers’ accounts.

“[It’s] not far-fetched to say that employees inside the company could take over the accounts of all of the Senators in this room,” Zatko warned final Tuesday. 

His feedback left some Capitol Hill staffers fretting not nearly their bosses’ Twitter accounts — but in addition about their very own. 

When they’re not fetching espresso or speaking coverage, many Congressional staffers use Twitter’s direct messages to gossip with one another and leak info to reporters.

Zatko’s feedback triggered some aides to wonder if their personal messages may fall into the palms of overseas spies or get again to their bosses. 

“It was terrifying,” one Congressional staffer advised The Post, including that folks on the Hill are “nervous.”

Many Congressional staffers use Twitter’s direct messages to gossip with one another and leak info to reporters.
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With the specter of Chinese spies snooping on their DMs, Capitol Hill chatterboxes may flip to texting, old school cellphone calls or encrypted messaging apps like Signal.

“I wouldn’t have any substantive conversations on Twitter at this point,” the aide stated.

Twitter says that customers haven’t any cause to fret about their accounts being compromised.

Following Zatko’s testimony final week, the positioning stated that its hiring course of is safe and that final week’s testimony “only confirms that Mr. Zatko’s allegations are riddled with inconsistencies and inaccuracies.”

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Twitter employed Peiter Zatko in 2020 after Joe Biden and Barack Obama’s Twitter accounts had been hacked.
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Twitter employed Zatko in November 2020 following a high-profile breach during which tons of of accounts belonging to figures together with Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Elon Musk and Kanye West had been hijacked to advertise a cryptocurrency scam.

The company fired him in January 2022 for what it has stated was “poor performance and ineffective leadership.”

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