Taiwanese hacker to live-stream attack on Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page | Tech News

Taiwanese hacker to live-stream attack on Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page

Cyber-enthusiasts from India to the US routinely expose loopholes in corporate websites and software, earning small financial rewards. It’s unusual however for so-called white-hat hackers to do so in real time.

By: DEBBY WU
| Updated on: Aug 20 2022, 10:59 IST
Self-professed bug bounty-hunter Chang Chi-yuan says he’ll live-stream an endeavour to delete the billionaire’s account on Sunday.
Self-professed bug bounty-hunter Chang Chi-yuan says he’ll live-stream an endeavour to delete the billionaire’s account on Sunday. (AP)

An indie Taiwanese hacker has proclaimed he'll broadcast an attempt to wipe out Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook page this Sunday -- live.

Self-professed bug bounty-hunter Chang Chi-yuan, who ferrets out software flaws in return for cash, says he'll live-stream an endeavour to delete the billionaire's account at 6 p.m. local time from his own Facebook page. He didn't get into details or respond to an online query.

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"Broadcasting the deletion of FB founder Zuck's account," the lanky youngster, who turns 24 this year based on past interviews, told his 26,000-plus followers on Facebook this week. "Scheduled to go live."

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Cyber-enthusiasts from India to the U.S. routinely expose loopholes in corporate websites and software, earning small financial rewards. It's unusual however for so-called white-hat hackers to do so in real time. Chang, a minor celebrity at home who's gone on talk shows to discuss his exploits, was reportedly sued by a local bus operator after infiltrating their systems and buying a ticket for just NT$1 (3 cents). He's published a gamut of claims -- none of which could be independently verified -- including attacks on Apple Inc. and Tesla Inc. And his Facebook account was listed among eight "special contributors" in Line Corp.'s 2016 bug-hunters' hall of fame.

Facebook Inc., which like many Silicon Valley giants runs a thriving bug-bounty program, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment outside business hours. The social media company is under the gun on a host of issues from privacy to its handling of election interference and hate speech, and can ill-afford trouble with basic cybersecurity.

"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."

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First Published Date: 28 Sep, 18:25 IST
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