Famed Apple Device Hacker Charlie Miller Enlists With Twitter
September 14, 2012 7:47 PM
Miller reportedly will be functioning as full time pen-tester for Twitter
As one of the premiere outlets for celebrity voices, Twitter.com 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 (
) products mapped out that no one else in the world knew of. Of late, he's also been busy hacking Google Inc.'s (
) 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:
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.
, 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
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
and its subgroups (
) 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. (
) and Google are thought to be promptly handing over information when asked for it (well, Google at least
documents these requests
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