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Hacking legend Charlie Miller signs on for Twitter

14 Sep 2012
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Legendary hacker and security reacher Charlie Miller is set to begin work with the security team at Twitter.

Miller said in a Friday Tweet that starting Monday he would be working with the security team at the Microblogging service. Miller made no mention of how long or in what capacity he would be working with the company.

A legend among the hacking and security research communities, Miller has become a favourite presenter at the Black Hat conference. He specialises in extensive investigations into the fundamental security structure and potential security vulnerabilities in platforms such as NFC hardware and notebook battery packs.

Miller has also conducted extensive research into Apple's OS X and iOS platforms, work which led to the company blacklisting Miller from its developer programme.

The hiring makes Miller the latest high-profile security researcher to join a major firm. McAfee last year brought researcher Barnaby Jack into its ranks, while Peiter 'Mudge' Zatko is heading up an effort at DARPA to enlist hackers for security projects.

Twitter's security protections were called into question earlier this summer when the site suffered a prolonged outage. Though a group of hackers initially claimed to have caused the outage with a DDoS attack, the company ultimately said that the outage was the result of a datacentre crash.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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