by Tom Halls
WILMINGTON, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Lawyers for Elon Musk have subpoenaed whistleblower Peiter Zatko in the U.S. lawsuit over the Twitter takeover deal, a court document showed on Monday , this former head of security for the social network having accused his ex-employer of having misled the American regulators.
Billionaire Elon Musk’s team is seeking information from Peiter Zatko on Twitter’s methodology in counting spam, among other things.
The chief executive of Tesla TSLA.O terminated the agreement in early July to acquire Twitter for 44 billion dollars, accusing the group of having breached its contractual obligations by providing in particular erroneous or incomplete data on the number of fake accounts. The social network has dismissed these accusations and filed a lawsuit against Elon Musk for breach of the buyout agreement.
Elon Musk’s attorneys have also requested documents and disclosures about Twitter’s alleged attempts to cover up security vulnerabilities and “Twitter’s engagement in any illegal activity.”
A spokesperson for the American group did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In an 84-page complaint made public last week, Peiter Zatko, a well-known hacker known by the nickname “Mudge”, accused Twitter of falsely claiming to have a strong security plan in place and of writing misleading statements about the social network’s protections against hackers and fake accounts.
➦ Twitter misled regulators, whistleblower says
The trial between Elon Musk and Twitter is scheduled for October 17.
(Tom Hals report, French version Laetitia Volga, edited by Sophie Louet)