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A teenager followed Elon Musk’s jet on Twitter. Then comes direct messaging.

According to a screenshot of the exchange, Mr. Sweeney rebuffed Mr. Musk, saying he would give up the account if Mr. Musk raised the prepayment to $50,000. He said he would also accept a Tesla Model 3, an electric vehicle that costs more than $38,000, adding that he was joking.

During the exchange, Mr. Sweeney was asked how to track Mr. Musk. He explained that he had obtained the plane’s transponder data. When told that paying to close his Twitter account didn’t seem right, Mr. Sweeney offered another suggestion: What about an internship?

The exchange, which lasted for more than a month, went silent after January 23.

Mr. Sweeney downplayed the privacy and security concerns associated with his tracking account for Mr. Musk, which has more than 305,000 followers.

“It was a private jet so he went right from the plane to the car,” he said, adding that he has long been fascinated by plane tracking. “I don’t think it’s that big of a concern. Some people are just interested in seeing where he goes.”

Mr Sweeney said he obtained the data for his aircraft tracking accounts from Exchange ADS-Bdescribes itself on its website as the world’s largest source of unfiltered flight data.

Dan Streufert, founder of ADSBexchange.com LLC, said in an email Wednesday that anyone with basic electronics can pick up a signal from an aircraft that broadcasts their location. This information is also provided by listening to air traffic controllers, he added.

“However, it is important to note that our website tracks aircraft, not individuals,” said Streufert. “We cannot say who was or was not on the plane. Mr. Musk’s companies own and operate many aircraft – this is just one of them. Mr. Musk may find Mr. Sweeney’s activities annoying, similar to the paparazzi, however, this information has been made public from a multitude of sources.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/03/technology/elon-musk-jet-tracking.html A teenager followed Elon Musk’s jet on Twitter. Then comes direct messaging.

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