Twitter Hires Hacker Charlie Miller


High-profile hacker Charlie Miller will soon be joining Twitter's security team.

In a Twitter post earlier today, Miller wrote, "Monday I start on the security team at Twitter. Looking forward to working with a great team there!"

"Moxie Marlinspike, the pseudonymous cryptographer who has identified numerous security bugs in the SSL protocol used to secure website transactions, will be Miller's boss, Miller said in an e-mail to Ars," writes Ars Technica's Dan Goodin.

"Miller ... told me in a phone call that he couldn’t offer any information on exactly what he’ll be doing at Twitter -- He wouldn’t even name his title," writes Forbes' Andy Greenberg. "But I’ve heard rumors since last winter that Twitter has sought to hire Miller as a full-time penetration tester to probe the service for hackable vulnerabilities and help fix them."

"Miller, a former NSA analyst who works as a researcher with Accuvant, is well known in hacking and Apple circles for his exploits of iPhone and Mac vulnerabilities," writes The Next Web's Matt Brian.

"Last year, Miller found a method for exploiting a problem with the battery in Apple laptops that enabled him to brick the laptop, rendering it completely useless," writes Threatpost's Dennis Fisher. "He also discovered a bug in Apple iOS that enabled him to bypass the code-signing requirements and run unapproved code on an iPhone. That trick, which also involved inserting a proof-of-concept app into the iTunes App Store, didn't sit so well with Apple, which quickly revoked his developer account for the App Store."