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

Economy Nov 23, 2022 05:20PM ET
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By Diane Bartz

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top Senate Republican Chuck Grassley urged Elon Musk, who recently acquired Twitter, to conduct a threat assessment at the social company to better protect U.S. user data, following up on concerns raised by a whistleblower.

Hacker Peiter "Mudge" Zatko, a whistleblower who served as Twitter's head of security until his firing in January, testified in September that some Twitter employees were concerned the Chinese government would be able to collect data on the company's users.

In a letter to Musk dated Tuesday and released on Wednesday, Grassley, the top Republican on the U.S. Judiciary Committee, asked Twitter to perform a threat assessment "of Twitter's current security posture and systems to better protect user data and privacy." He also asked for the committee staff to be briefed on the findings.

"Twitter collects vast amounts of data on American citizens. Americans have a vested interest in ensuring that their private data is secure, and that the companies which they have

entrusted with their private data have not been infiltrated by foreign agents," Grassley wrote.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Zatko testified that a foreign agent could use malware to steal Twitter users personal information, and use that to gain access to sensitive data on the person's phone, among other dangers.

The correspondence reiterated some concerns raised in a prior letter sent by Grassley and Democrat Dick Durbin in September to former chief executive Parag Agrawal, who led the company until October, when Musk took it over in a $44 billion deal.

According to Grassley, Agrawal did not respond to the letter, citing litigation with Musk.

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

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lakes Tenn
lakes Tenn Nov 23, 2022 7:24PM ET
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I love these 🐑 trying to take shots at musk. the leaker was fired almost a year ago. It takes a Republican to buy the company and fix the Democrats incompetence. Cant fix st...
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Benjamin USA Nov 23, 2022 3:04PM ET
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China?? Lmao Musk is already selling the dara to Saudi Arabia, Russia, anyone wjo will buy. China will have it too if they pay.
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Maybe Musk is just following Trump's example!
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Kagamusha Nov 23, 2022 1:00PM ET
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What a pant load.  The woke crowd finds all kinds of reasons to hate Twitter now.  He was fired, what does that tell you?  He says "could use malware".......   so what, anybody could use malware.  It doesn't mean they are especially vulnerable.  What the heck, the tax software companies have been selling your data for years to Google and Facebook, who turn and sell it to "who"
David Stocks
David Stocks Nov 23, 2022 1:00PM ET
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can't hurt to ask. if there's nothing to hide or we're safe then Elon won't sweat the question
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Right-wing, non-woke social media sites have a bad history of security holes.  Kaga wants that to extend to TWTR.
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@kaga: Chuck Grasely woke? You don't know what you are talking about. But don't let that stop you from embarrassing yourself.
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except he was fired last January. it takes a Republican to buy it and fix the Democrats incompetence 🤣
 
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