Everyone who is an aviation fanatic uses the flightradar24, website and app to track aircraft during flight. It’s not generalization: avgeek use the app to pass the time or observe a specific flight. However, with so many planes in the world and the ease of choosing when, you can’t always know when the private jet of some celebrity is in operation. But young Jack Sweeney created a bot to track Elon Musk’s jet
Elon Musk offered $5,000 to teen to close the account
Jack Sweeney, which also created bots to track the planes of Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates, created the @ElonJet Twitter account for anyone interested in knowing when the Gulfstream G650 in Elon Musk it’s flying. However, this is no guarantee that the billionaire, who owns the Tesla and SpaceX, is on board the plane. even if the private jet N628TS is touring the Hawaiian Islands at what feels like a vacation.
Elon Musk, who loves to be active on social media and to speak his mind, did not like having his private plane tracked by a bot on twitter. Sweeney used public signal data ADS-B (which you can read about here in this article), issued by aircraft to send your location to other planes and to air traffic, to create the account. The billionaire offered $5,000 for the young man to close the account. Like a normal person giving a penny to a homeless person. Sweeney made a counter-offer: $50,000 to help pay for college and “buy a car, maybe a Tesla.” musk did not accept and managed to enter the PIA program of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), to keep the flight record confidential. The PIA, Privacy ICAO Address, changes the registration of the aircraft during the operation, emitting the signal of another registration that does not exist.
Did it work? Not at all. Sweeney continues to track flights (see a tweet from him further down). The history of values was revealed by Jack Sweeney himself.
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Source: The Guardian