If you want to stop a hacker, you have to think like a hacker, or in the case of Twitter, hire one.
Peiter Zatko – better known by his hacking handle Mudge – joined the social network in the newly created role of security chief and reported to CEO Jack Dorsey.
Zatko was most recently responsible for security on the Stripe electronic payment platform after working at Google and the Defense Advanced Research and Projects Agency.
In a tweet on Monday, he said, “Looks like the cat is out of your pocket. I am very excited to join the Twitter leadership team. I firmly believe in the mission to serve public discourse (fairly). I will do my best.”
Looks like the cat is out of the pocket.
I am very excited to be joining the Twitter leadership team!
I firmly believe in the mission to serve public discourse (fairly).
I will do my best! https://t.co/ZQkhYTXLQZ
– Mudge (@dotMudge) November 16, 2020
Zatko said in an interview with Reuters that he will investigate “information security, site integrity, physical security, platform integrity – which is starting to affect platform abuse and tampering – and engineering.”
He added, “You are ready to take risks. Given the challenges of algorithms and algorithmic prejudice, they don’t stand by and wait for someone else to solve the problem. “