U.S. Senate Republican leader Chuck Grassley has urged Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, to conduct a threat assessment of the social media company to protect U.S. user data, following up on concerns raised by whistleblowers. Hacker Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, a whistleblower who served as Twitter’s security chief until he was fired in January, testified in September that some Twitter employees were concerned that the Chinese government would be able to collect data on the company’s users.

In a letter to Musk dated Tuesday and released Wednesday, Grassley, the top Republican on the U.S. Judiciary Committee, asked Twitter to conduct a threat assessment of “Twitter’s current security posture and systems to protect user data and privacy”. He also asked committee staff to be made aware of the findings.

“Twitter collects vast amounts of data on U.S. citizens. Americans have a vested interest in ensuring that their private data is safe and that the companies they entrust to process their private data are not infiltrated by foreign agents,” Grassley wrote.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Zatko previously claimed that Twitter misled the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) the company’s security measures as part of the 2011 agreement. The hackers also claimed that Twitter had a serious security breach affecting the platform and that one or more employees were working on behalf of foreign governments.

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He testified that foreign agents could use malware to steal personal from Twitter users and use it to gain access to sensitive data on users’ phones, among other dangers.

The letter some concerns raised by Grassley and Democrat Dick Durbin in a previous letter to CEO Parag Agrawal in September, Parag Parag Agrawal led the company until October, when Musk took over for $44 billion (Rs 359,430 crore). ) trade.

Agrawal did not respond to the letter, citing a lawsuit with Musk, according to Grassley.

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