Charlie Miller, a well known hacker and computer security consultant, has joined the payroll of Twitter, where he will work for the security team.
Miller, who lives in Wildwood, announced his new job Friday on his personal Twitter feed.
"Monday I start on the security team at Twitter," Miller wrote. "Looking forward to working with a great team there!"
Miller, who worked for the National Security Agency in the past, has gained renown for his public demonstrations of security flaws in Apple products. In 2008 he won a $10,000 prize at the Pwn2Own hacking contest in Vancouver, Canada for breaking the security on Apple's Macbook Air in two minutes.
Twitter was co-founded by Jack Dorsey, a St. Louis native, and has had several breaches of security over the years, with hackers taking over the accounts of celebrities and national media organizations.
For example, last year hackers gained control of a Twitter feed for the Fox News cable channel and sent out false news alerts, including a tweet claiming that President Barack Obama was killed.