A SELF-STYLED ‘white hat’ hacker is promising to broadcast his takedown of Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook profile on Sunday.
Bloomberg reports that 23-year-old Chang Chi-yuan, a “well known” Taiwanese hacker, will delete the Facebook founder’s account and broadcast himself doing so on Facebook Live.
In a post to his 26,000 followers, Chang confirmed his plans to carry out the stunt. “Broadcasting the deletion of FB founder Zuck’s account,” he said, adding: “Scheduled to go live.”
According to Bloomberg, Chang is a minor celebrity in Taiwan. He’s gone on talk shows to discuss his exploits, made it onto Japanese messaging giant Line’s 2016 bug-hunters hall of fame list and made claims – none of which have been verified, mind – that he’s successfully carried out attacks on Apple and Tesla.
He was also reportedly sued by a local bus operator after breaching their systems to nab a ticket for just NT$1 (0.0025p).
“I don’t want to be a proper hacker, and I don’t even want to be a hacker at all,” Chang said in a recent post. “I’m just bored and try to dabble so that I can earn some money.”
If he’s successful in his latest stunt, this would mark the second time that Zuck’s Facebook account has been defaced.
Back in 2013, a Palestinian security researcher discovered he could post anything directly onto any user’s profile. He took a direct approach to revealing the bug, posting on the Zuck’s page: “Dear Mark Zuckerberg. Sorry for breaking your privacy, I had no other choice to make after all the reports I sent to Facebook.”
Chang’s hack, assuming Facebook – which hasn’t yet commented – doesn’t put a stop to it is scheduled to begin on Sunday at 11am UK time. Time to get the popcorn in. µ
Source : Inquirer