Elon Musk, who was abused by a 19-year-old student who shared real-time information about his private jet travel on a Twitter account, said he was concerned for his safety. But after he proposed an offer of $5,000 to stop these activities (rejected), the eccentric billionaire in spite of himself caused another, even bigger problem.
Remember, a few days ago, we learned that Jack Sweeney, a 19-year-old student, had programmed a Twitter bot to track the air travel of several billionaires and tech professionals, including Elon Musk via the account Tweet embed. The problem is, the latter doesn’t hear it that way, and he negotiated a halt to all activities in exchange for an offer of $5,000. Sweeney rejected the proposal.
The latter then bid 50,000 euros. An amount that would have allowed him to pay for his studies and buy a Tesla car. But after careful consideration (or not), Sweeney finally decided to see more: creating his company.
control from the ground
If he thinks the ball is on the table in the billionaire’s court, Sweeney didn’t wait for his final response to start his work control from the ground, always on the principle of observing the travels of the most influential people in the world, but with a desire to benefit from them. Now Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos are being targeted.
Companies like Nasdaq Data Link have been interested since then Private and business flight information provides important business data on a company’s business activity, and thus for the financial sector.
“Theft tracking companies generate millions of dollars in revenue a year,” Sweeney said, “A little of what they make would be a good income for me.”
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Rights and privacy issues
While programming the initial bot and creating the account was by no means a crime (since Sweeney uses bots that analyze public ADS-B data), it wasn’t quite that simple. Starting a business on the basis of providing real-time aircraft location data imposes rights and confidentiality restrictions. Colby Howard, President Paragon Intel, which provides business aviation information, explains:
Long gone are the cowboys who sucked data and sold it for hundreds of thousands of dollars. “
Thus, making a profit by providing this type of information can lead to legal problems. Howard takes the case of App Annie, an alternative data provider that was indicted by the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2021. The result: a $10 million fine for the structure, and $300,000 for the president. Sweeney has been warned.