Teenager Who Tracked Elon Musk’s Jet ‘Targets Russian Oligarchs’

A teenager who tried to 'bribe Elon Musk' after 'tracking his jet' is now 'targeting Russian Oligarchs'. 
Credit: BBC via YouTube & @jxcksweeney/Twitter

A teenager who tried to ‘bribe Elon Musk’ after ‘tracking his jet’ is now ‘targeting Russian Oligarchs’. 

Jack Sweeney, who has a new Twitter profile, has amassed over 100,000 followers by providing the information. 

Reportedly, his page has posted the flight path and destinations of travel for several helicopters and private jets belonging to Russian billionaires, including the owner of Chelsea FC, Roman Abramovich.

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The 19-year-old has explained where the information comes from, writing: “If you want to help with this project feed data to @adsbexchange.

“All this data is crowdsourced, more ADS-B feeders are always needed especially in these remote places and other countries where these Oligarchs fly.” 

In an interview with Bloomberg, Sweeney explained that the aircraft is ‘absolutely crazy’.

He told the publication: “The aircraft these oligarchs have are absolutely crazy. Their planes are huge compared to other jets.” 

The teen has also addressed a separate page, which goes by the username @putinjet, and warned that it may not be completely ‘accurate’.

Addressing the account, he tweeted: “So yeah @PutinJet is live now :). Don’t expect this to be too accurate though, there are a dozen VIP Russian planes, and ADS-B coverage isn’t great in Russia.” 

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According to Protocol, SpaceX founder Musk, who was named Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year,’ messaged Sweeney asking him to take the page about his jet down.

He reportedly said: “Can you take this down? It is a security risk.”

To which he is said to have replied: “Yes I can but it’ll cost you a Model 3, only joking, unless?”

Musk supposedly then added: “I don’t love the idea of being shot by a nutcase.” 

At the time, it was reported that after a few messages, Musk ‘offered him $5,000 to remove the account’.

It’s believed Sweeney responded: “Any chance to up that to $50k? It would be a great support in college and would possibly allow me to get a car, maybe even a Model 3.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.