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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 October 2018

Hacker to live-stream attack on Zuckerberg’s Facebook page

Taiwanese hacker Chang Chi-yuan will attempt to wipe the billionaire's account on Sunday

A Taiwanese hacker has proclaimed he will live-stream an attempt to delete Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's account on Sunday. Leah Millis / Reuters
A Taiwanese hacker has proclaimed he will live-stream an attempt to delete Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's account on Sunday. Leah Millis / Reuters

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 endeavor to delete the billionaire’s account at 6 p.m. local time from his own Facebook page. He did not get into details or respond to an online query.

“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.”

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. Mr 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 3 cents (Dh1.1). He has published a gamut of claims -- none of which could be independently verified -- including attacks on Apple and Tesla. And his Facebook account was listed among eight “special contributors” in Line’s 2016 bug-hunters’ hall of fame.

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Facebook, 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 cyber-security.

“I don’t want to be a proper hacker, and I don’t even want to be a hacker at all,” Mr Chang said in a recent post. “I’m just bored and try to dabble so that I can earn some money.”