Miller reportedly will be functioning as full time pen-tester for Twitter

As one of the premiere outlets for celebrity voices, has a tremendous credibility crunch.  After all, premium talent requires premium protection, but Twitter accounts back in the site's early days were hacked with regularity.

But lately the site has grown much more aggressive with securing its digital domain as it steps up monetization efforts.  The latest face of that push is none other than famed OS X and iOS hacker Charlie Miller.

Mr. Miller, a virtual shoe-in to win any Pwn2Own Apple-related event, regularly had dozens of vulnerabilities of Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) products mapped out that no one else in the world knew of.  Of late, he's also been busy hacking Google Inc.'s (GOOG) market-leading Linux-based Android operating system.  Now he's going to devote his time from preventing similar vulnerabilities with Twitter.

The news broke when Mr. Miller took to his -- what else? -- Twitter feed to share the news:

Charlie Miller Twitter

Mr. Miller is among the world's most talented penetration testers -- pen-testers, for short.  He formerly worked for the U.S. National Security Agency probing their network for flaws, and has shuffled through several high-profile security consulting firms.  According to Forbes, Mr. Miller's role is unsurprisingly rumored to be full-time pen-testing of Twitter's site.

For Twitter, this is the second high profile grab in the last year.  Back in Nov. 2011 Twitter acquired Whisper Systems, a security firm run by prominent SSL/VPN encryption breaker Moxie Marlinspike.  Mr. Marlinspike reportedly is today heading efforts at the company.

Twitter is rather beloved amongst hackers for its relatively anti-authoritarian stances.  Twitter has long allowed Anonymous and its subgroups (such as LulzSec) to share news of their exploits via Twitter microblogs.  Likewise, it has refused to hand over the information of Occupy Wall Street protester Malcolm Harris, when other top internet firms like Facebook, Inc. (FB) and Google are thought to be promptly handing over information when asked for it (well, Google at least documents these requests).

Source: Twitter

"This is about the Internet.  Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis

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