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Twitter Taps Famous Hacker to Be Head of Security

Peiter “Mudge” Zatko faces some daunting challenges at the micro-messaging company.

Noted “white hat” hacker Peiter Zatko is the new head of security at Twitter (NYSE:TWTR). Known to many by his hacker handle “Mudge,” Zatko confirmed the appointment in a tweet on Monday.

“I truly believe in the mission of (equitably) serving the public conversation,” he wrote. “I will do my best!”

One of the more high-profile “ethical” hackers on the scene, Zatko has had a long career in security work both in the private sector and in the government. He held positions as security chiefs for privately held fintech company Stripe and the…

Eric Volkman

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