Censorship: Twitter Takeover Totally Panics Political Regime of LeftLibDemSocMediaTechPol

grarpamp grarpamp at gmail.com
Thu Sep 8 13:56:03 PDT 2022

Mudge hacked $7M out of Twitter's coffers, lol...

Twitter Whistleblower Scored $7M Settlement Days Before Dropping
Bombshell Allegations


Twitter agreed to pay their former head of security, Peiter Zatko, $7
million in June in exchange for signing an NDA to stop him from
speaking publicly about "extreme, egregious deficiencies" over a wide
swath of issues - including privacy, platform integrity and content

Days later he dropped his bombshell allegations in the form of a
Congressional whistleblower complaint - which is one of the few venues
that trumps an NDA, according to the Wall Street Journal.

    Twitter’s confidential June settlement was related to Mr. Zatko’s
lost compensation and followed monthslong mediation over tens of
millions of dollars in potential pay, the people said. Such
compensation agreements aren’t unusual when an executive departs a
company prematurely and leaves behind potential stock options and
other money.

    As part of the settlement, Mr. Zatko agreed to a nondisclosure
agreement that forbids him from speaking publicly about his time at
Twitter or disparaging the company, the people said. Congressional
hearings and governmental whistleblower complaints are two of the few
venues in which he is permitted to speak openly, they said, and such
exemptions are typical in compensation settlements. -WSJ

And now, Zatko's allegations will be part of Elon Musk's countersuit
against the company - which was launched after he filed to back out of
a $44 billion deal to purchase the company amid allegations that a
significant percentage of Twitter accounts are actually bots - and for
which Twitter has sued Musk.

On Wednesday a judge ruled that Musk can amend his countersuit against
Twitter to include Zatko's allegations. A five-day nonjury trial is
scheduled for Oct. 17 in Delaware Chancery Court.

On Tuesday, the former hacker known as "Mudge" will testify before the
Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss his allegations of security
failures at the social media giant.

Twitter, meanwhile, says Zatko's allegations have no merit, and that
he was fired "for ineffective leadership and poor performance." The
company added that his complaint is "riddled with inconsistencies and
inaccuracies and lacks important context."

Zatko reportedly demanded roughly five times the $7 million he
received, according to 'people familiar with the matter.' Days later,
he sent his whistleblower complaint to the SEC, the DOJ and the
Federal Trade Commission. It was promptly leaked to several media
outlets, including the Washington Post and CNN.

    John Tye, founder of Whistleblower Aid, an organization that
helped file the whistleblower claims, previously told The Wall Street
Journal that Mr. Zatko first approached the nonprofit in early March.
Mr. Tye also said Mr. Zatko has never met or spoken with Mr. Musk and
that Mr. Musk’s team hasn’t been in contact with the nonprofit about
Mr. Zatko’s complaint. -WSJ

"Mr. Zatko could have stayed silent about what he saw at Twitter to
protect his career and family," said one of his lawyers, Alexis
Ronickher. "Instead, he came forward with his whistleblower
disclosures to ensure that the government has the information it needs
to protect Twitter’s users, investors, and the country."

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