Elon Musk Issues a Summons to a Twitter Leaker for Information on Spam and Security 2022
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- August 30, 2022
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Elon Musk summons Peiter Zatko, in search of documents and communications about the company’s security vulnerabilities
Wilmington: Elon Musk has summoned a Twitter Inc whistleblower to demand documentation and communications about the company’s spam and alleged security vulnerabilities as the billionaire struggles to finalize his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter, according to a court filing on Thursday. Monday.
Elon Musk sought information from whistleblower Peter Zatko about how Twitter measures spam accounts. Elon Musk said he is pulling out of the company’s deal because Twitter misled him and regulators about the true number of spam accounts or bots on the microblogging platform.
But Musk also requested documentation and communications about alleged attempts to hide security vulnerabilities, compliance with a 2011 Federal Trade Commission settlement, and Twitter’s “involvement in any illegal activity.”
A Twitter spokesman declined to comment.
The notorious hacker known as “Mudge” Zatko ended his term as Twitter’s chief security officer earlier this year, saying in his complaint published last week that the company wrongly claimed it had a strong security plan.
The information Musk obtained from Zatko may set the stage for the Tesla CEO to bring new fraud allegations in his legal battle with Twitter, according to Ann Lipton, a professor at Tulane University School of Law.
However, she said it was unclear whether the judge in the Twitter litigation lawsuit would allow Musk to make these allegations given the tight timeline of the case and because Musk waived due diligence before signing the contract.
A lawyer said on Twitter at a court hearing last week that Musk’s focus on spam as a way to terminate his deal to buy the company was “legally irrelevant” because Twitter has always said spam numbers are just estimates, not binding representations.
Both parties have sued each other, ahead of a five-day trial on October 17. $54.20 per share.
Shares of Twitter closed down 1% at $40.04 in New York on Monday.
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