Wednesday August 24, 2022

Indian Govt Forced Twitter to Put ‘Agent’ on Payroll, Grant Access to User Data, Says Former Security Chief

Whistle-blower alleges that the company misled regulators about deficiencies in its ability to protect users against hackers or even spam Peiter Zatko, former head of security at Twitter, has alleged that the Indian government forced the microblogging platform to put a government agent on its payroll and grant access to sensitive user data, according to a whistle-blower complaint filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

As per a report published by the Washington Post, which obtained the complaint, Mr. Zatko also alleged that the company deceived its users, Board of Directors as well as federal regulators about “extreme, egregious deficiencies” in its ability to protect users against hackers or even spam.

“What we’ve seen so far is a false narrative about Twitter and our privacy and data security practices that is riddled with inconsistencies and inaccuracies and lacks important context,” the spokesperson said, adding that Mr. Zatko’s allegations and opportunistic timing appear designed to capture attention and inflict harm on Twitter, its customers and shareholders.

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