Twitter whistleblower to testify about company’s ‘widespread security failures’ at Senate hearing

The former Twitter security chief is set to testify at a Senate hearing on the company’s security practices. Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, who recently went public with a lengthy whistleblower complaint based on his experiences at the company, will appear at a Judiciary Committee hearing on Sept. 13.

“Mr. Zatko’s allegations of widespread security deficiencies and interference by foreign state actors on Twitter raise serious concerns,” the committee’s chairman, Senator Dick Durbin, said in a statement. and expose security risks for Twitter users around the world.”

The hearing was announced a day after Zatko’s allegation that Twitter had been “grossly negligent” in its handling of numerous security issues. However, some of the most explosive of his allegations concern Twitter’s dealings with foreign governments and government actors, which he said could threaten the United States.

Twitter previously responded to Zatko’s claims by saying it was “littered with inaccuracies”. And CEO Parag Agrawal reportedly told Twitter employees that Zatko was responsible for “ineffective leadership and poor performance,” but the company has yet to publicly address the allegations in detail.

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