Republican presses Twitter chief Elon Musk to better protect U.S. user data
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Republican presses Twitter chief Elon Musk to better protect U.S. user data

Republican presses Twitter chief Elon Musk to better protect U.S. user data

After a whistleblower raised security concerns, Republican Senate leader Chuck Grassley urged Elon Musk, who recently acquired Twitter, to conduct a threat assessment at the social media company to better protect data belonging to U.S. users.

Republican presses Twitter chief Elon Musk to better protect U.S. user data

Republican presses Twitter chief Elon Musk to better protect U.S. user data

Some Twitter employees were worried in September that the Chinese government would be able to collect data on Twitter users, according to testimony given by former head of security and hacker Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, who was fired in January after blowing the whistle on the company.

Grassley, the top Republican on the U.S. Judiciary Committee, asked Musk in a letter dated Tuesday and released Wednesday that Twitter conduct a threat assessment “of Twitter’s current security posture and systems to better protect user data and privacy.” Additionally, he requested that the committee’s staff be updated on the investigation’s results.

“Twitter gathers a lot of information about people in the United States. Citizens of the United States have a financial stake in the security of their personal information and the reliability of the businesses with which they interact.

to whom they entrust their personal information have not been compromised by foreign agents, “Senator Grassley put pen to paper.

When asked for comment, Twitter did not get back to us right away.

Zatko testified that a foreign agent could use malware to steal the personal information of Twitter users, and then use that information to gain access to the user’s phone’s sensitive data.

The letter echoed some of the concerns expressed in a previous letter sent by Grassley and Democrat Dick Durbin to former CEO Parag Agrawal in September. Agrawal led the company until October, when Musk purchased it in a $44 billion deal.

Grassley says that Agrawal did not respond because he was involved in a lawsuit with Musk.

 

 

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Republican presses Twitter chief Elon Musk to better protect U.S. user data
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