"a false narrative"
Hey look, fake news is back !
But with a suit this time, because Trump ain't there any more.
Former head of security at Twitter and whistleblower Peiter "Mudge" Zatko is scheduled to appear before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on September 13 to discuss allegations that his former employer made serious failures in protecting user data. Twitter has denied the allegations. The Senate Judiciary Committee naturally …
It is possible the Twitter is being honest and accurate. Re-read the quote but with the assumption that the security and privacy situation is far worse than Zatko describes:
Twitter claimed the complaint presented a "false narrative about Twitter and our privacy and data security practices that is riddled with inconsistencies and inaccuracies and lacks important context,"
"It is possible the Twitter is being honest and accurate."
A corporation that admits when they are wrong in this litigious society?
(Best Dr. Evil) Riiiiiiiiiiiiight.....
When an IT specialist with voluminous work experience says a corporation is deficient in many areas, I'd put my money on them. I've seen it far too often myself.
This all dates back to 2020 when Twitter got hacked and big accounts (like Musk's) were used to spam support for crypto scams. The aftermath was that Twitter's deal with the FTC included hiring Zatko to tighten security. Zatko got ignored and fired. He started blowing his whistle in January, long before Musk started buying lots of Twitter shares. It has just taken this long for the complaint to work its way through the legal system.
If Musk had put a tiny bit of effort into finding an excuse not to buy Twitter then this would have been front and centre and not the rubbish about Twitter failing to provide the data needed to count 'bots.
In the US, almost everything is a "legislative matter". They can investigate and hold hearings on most any topic they desire. They might not have not have any actual effect, but not much stops them. Besides, each event is a chance to be on the national news. As they say, the most dangerous place in Washington is between a Congressman and a microphone.
Hypothetically speaking :
It might be in the interest to some powerfull people that Twitter could easilly be read/manipulated.
If such were the case and Zatko indeed has proof of what's going on there will be a lot of delicate situations that would hypothetically require immediate attention....
Judging by the immediancy of the preceding I would surmize that Zatko does indeed have proof and that it will be very difficult to dicredit whatever he has.. This affair will undoubetdly lead to a thick black cloud over Twitters head concernign the Musk case.
Heads are going to roll at Twitter in a very short period of time, they will have to sever the dragons head in order to save its tail...
I agree, that was very interesting, especially since everyone behaved like adults... something we don't see much of these days...
Zatko doesn't come accross as some kind of outsider; the entire team appeared to be very well educated and very clear about what they are doing... They could have chosen the Dark Side but didn't, that alone is a very powerful statement.
> Zatko also accused Twitter of delaying a fix for the entanglement of cookies, despite having a ready solution, in order to extract as much profit as possible.
So he accused them of being a company?
They are all able to stop using tracking cookies but they won't because they might not make as much money so you need to force them. Not by fining them 5 minutes of turnover, try imprisoning some CEOs, CIOs, CTOs and CSOs for a month and see how fast they fix their cookies.
"false narrative about Twitter, and our privacy and data security practices that
isare riddled with inconsistencies and inaccuracies and lack s important context," and told The Register Zatko was fired from his role at Twitter in January 2022 for "ineffective leadership and poor performance."
Perhaps the last is simply that his poor performance was an inability to toe the corporate line, and the ineffective leadership was an inability to keep his underlings on the same line.