Twitter hires famous hacker "Mudge" as head of security

"It seems the cat is out of the bag." With this phrase begins the tweet in which Peiter zatko (better known as "Mudge" in the hacking universe) announced that he was just hired by Twitter.

It comes at a key moment, since the platform suffered a massive hack a few months ago, which affected accounts as important as Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Kanye West or the one used by companies like Apple and Uber.

"I'll do my best"

Twitter has hired Mudge to become the new head of security of the social network. The famous hacker, for his part, declares "being excited to join the executive team":

"I truly believe in the mission (fairly) of serving the public conversation.

I'll do my best!"

Zatko's career dates back to the 1990s, when he simultaneously performed classified work for a United States government contractor and he was one of the leaders of 'Cult of the Dead Cow' (cDc).

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This hacker organization became well known, among other reasons, for releasing hacking tools for Windows, in order to encourage Microsoft to improve the security of its operating system.

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"If anyone could fix Twitter security, he would be at the top of my list"

"I don't know if anyone can fix Twitter security, but he would be at the top of my list." These are the words of Dan Kaufman, who supervised Zatko at DARPA and now runs Google ATAP; Google's Hardware Research and Development Lab.

It is clear that Zatko has a major challenge on his shoulders, and it is something that Alex Stamos (Facebook's head of security) made clear in an interview with CNBC:

"This summer's hack was an important reminder of how far Twitter needs to go to build some of the basic security features, running a service that is targeted by far more skilled adversaries than the teens arrested for this incident."