The world’s richest human being tried to pay a teen to stop tracking the location of his private jet and tweeting about it. The teen appears to have rebuffed the billionaire – perhaps holding out for a better offer.
The Twitter account @ElonJet has become part of the zeitgeist as thousands of people follow the account which shares the location of Elon Musk’s private jet as he flits around the world.
The account, run by 19-year-old college student Jeff Sweeney, leverages publicly available FAA data to share the various landing spots of the jet, according to a report from USA Today.
Sweeney, a college student from Florida, shared that Musk had contacted him with a request he stop tracking his location and an offer of $5,000 to go quietly into the dark. Sweeney, however, countered with an extra zero, instead asking for $50,000 or a Tesla 3 – the last part apparently a half-joke.
The account has nearly 100,000 followers and has only gained in popularity. Musk, for his part, and rightfully so, feels it’s a security risk.
However, with the data publicly available it’s unclear if the young man is committing a crime or is something that can actually be stopped, despite Musk’s protestations.
Even if Sweeney had taken the sum of money, there’s really nothing to stop others from doing the same thing and Musk would be in an infinite loop of paltry payouts. Effectively, Musk would be held hostage by the web. Hopefully, at least he’d pay them dogecoin.
Perhaps Musk would be better served to direct his considerable influence towards Twitter in hopes they will restrict this sort of information from being shared on the platform.
How about our readers – what are your thoughts on the account? Is Musk entitled to some modicum of security here? Was $5k a paltry sum? Too much? Weigh in with your comments, below!
See original report here.
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