Elon Musk, currently the richest man in the world, is known for many things: he founded PayPal, is the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX and is one of the biggest supporters of the Dogecoin virtual currency. He is also known for his presence on Twitter, where he often posts on various topics. It didn’t take him long to find out that his personal plane’s activity is being tracked by a Twitter account that automatically publishes each of his flights. He was so upset that he offered the account holder $ 5,000 to turn it off.
The ElonJet account tracks every move of Elon Musk’s private jet
Jack Sweeney, a 19-year-old programmer, laid the groundwork ElonJet’s Twitter account, which automatically monitors and publishes every takeoff and landing of Elon Musk’s personal plane. He owns 14 other such boats watching celebrity planes. He says that this activity is not illegal, as it uses publicly available data, which an AI analyzes and then publishes.
It seems that Elon Musk contacted him on Twitter via private messages to deactivate the account, as he was worried that someone might be following his activity and endangering his life. However, Sweeney says that this type of tracking can be done by anyone, as the data, although anonymized, is not private. Thus, with a little knowledge of the system, you can also discover manually, without a muzzle, what Elon Musk’s plane is and where it goes. However, Sweeney has published the source code of his bots on the internet, so anyone can create another similar bot.
Landed in Austin, Texas, US. pic.twitter.com/4l7tKiUspp
– Elon Musk’s Jet (@ElonJet) January 26, 2022
Elon offered Sweeney $ 5,000 to deactivate the bot that is tracking him, but Sweeney made a counter-offer to the CEO, asking him for $ 50,000, which he could invest in education or buy a Tesla car. The CEO did not respond to these requests, so ElonJet remained operational. Instead, Sweeney says he’s now trying to get an internship at one of Musk’s companies in exchange for deactivating his account.