Keeping an eye on Communist, Totalitarian China, and its influence both globally, and we as Canadians. I have come to the opinion that we are rarely privy to truth regarding the real goal, the agenda of Red China, and it's implications for Canada [and North America as a whole]. No more can we rely on our media as more and more information on China is actively being swept under the carpet - not for consumption.
Monday, October 3, 2022
Chinese spy hired by Twitter
Twitter was warned by FBI that it employed a Chinese agent,whistleblower Peiter Zatko says
September 13, 2022
Twitter whistleblower Peiter “Mudge” Zatko portrayed the social-media giant as a cesspool of cybersecurity and privacy risks in dramatic congressional testimony on Tuesday — and even claimed the site had at least one undercover Chinese agent on its payroll.
Zatko, a famed hacker who worked as Twitter’s head of security between November 2020 and early this year, was called to testify after he filed a dramatic whistleblower complaint in August alleging that the site poses a risk to national security. Twitter has accused him of making misleading claims.
The whistleblower claimed in his Tuesday testimony that thousands of Twitter employees — potentially including spies — have access to sensitive user data including private messages, current locations, home addresses and phone numbers.
He said that Twitter did not know the alleged Chinese agent was on its payroll until the company was contacted by the FBI.
“I had been told, because the corporate security, physical security team had been contacted and told there was at least one agent of the [Ministry of State Security], which is one of China’s intelligence services, on the payroll inside Twitter,” Zatko said.
“While it was disturbing to hear [about spying at Twitter], I and many others, recognizing the state of the environment at Twitter, were really thinking, if you are not placing foreign agents inside Twitter — because it’s very difficult to detect them, it is very valuable to a foreign agent to be inside there, as a foreign intelligence company – you’re most likely not doing your job,” added Zatko.
Zatko worked as Twitter’s security chief for a little more than a year until January 2022, when Twitter has said he was fired for “poor performance and ineffective leadership.”
A Twitter spokesperson said in a statement to The Post: “Today’s hearing only confirms that Mr. Zatko’s allegations are riddled with inconsistencies and inaccuracies.”
The spokesperson added that the company’s hiring process is free of foreign influence and said that user data is protected through security measures including background checks, access controls and monitoring systems.
During his testimony, Zatko also recalled a conversation with an unnamed Twitter executive, who he claimed shrugged off concerns about the risks of spies compromising the company.
“I’m reminded of one conversation with an executive when I said, ‘I am confident that we have a foreign agent,’ and their response was, ‘Well, since we already have one, what does it matter if we have more? Let’s keep growing the office,” Zatko said.
Zatko made the comments during a two-and-a-half hour hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee that concluded just 30 minutes before Twitter shareholders formally approved a $44 billion buyout offer from Elon Musk that the mogul is now seeking to withdraw.
Twitter shares were up more than 0.5% at $41.70 early Tuesday afternoon.
During the hearing politicians from both political parties blasted Twitter for its alleged indifference to privacy and security problems.
The top Republican on the Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, called on Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal to resign if Zatko’s claims prove to be true.
“If these allegations are true, I don’t see how Mr. Agrawal can maintain his position at Twitter,” Grassley fumed.
Grassley also blasted Agrawal for rejecting a call to testify in front of the committee. Agrawal rejected the request because it would “jeopardize” the company’s ongoing legal battle against Elon Musk over his takeover bid, Grassley said.
Nearly an hour into the hearing, Musk appeared entertained as he tweeted a popcorn emoji.