A Taiwanese hacker who rose to fame for detecting a series of software failures in the systems of large corporations, such as Apple and Tesla, published this week on his Facebook account that would broadcast live, via Facebook Live, his attempt to delete the Mark Zuckerberg page from the social network.
The threat went viral after being disclosed by Bloomberg and other international media, to the point that Chang Chi-yuan, 24 years old, decided not to go ahead with the challenge.
“I’m canceling my live broadcast, I’ve reported the error to Facebook and I’ll show proof when I get the Facebook reward, ” said Chang, who has more than 26,000 followers on Facebook, to Bloomberg News.
In a message posted on his Facebook page on Friday, Chang said he canceled the attack on Facebook’s chief executive to avoid unnecessary problems. “There will still be a lot of people questioning my ability, even after I’ve found many flaws and gained a copious amount of rewards, and I should not try to prove myself by playing with Zuck’s account, ” he wrote.
Hackers from around the world often detect cyber flaws in websites and applications of large companies to receive an economic reward from the company. However, it is unusual for so-called white-hat hackers to carry out their attacks in real time.
Chang became famous internationally when in 2013 he managed to eliminate publications from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, using a bug he had discovered and after being ignored by the technicians of the social network. Recently, the computer engineer came to the headlines after taking advantage of a flaw in Apple’s online store that allowed him to buy 502 iPhones for less than four cents.
Facebook is in the sights of the markets and its users this Friday, given that the company admitted that it had a “security problem” that affected 50 million users. The actions of the digital giant fell almost 3% after the publication of the incident.
” I do not want to be a real hacker, and I do not even want to be a hacker at all,” Chang said in his Facebook message.
” I’m just bored and trying to earn some money, ” he said.