Taiwanese hacker backs out of plan to livestream deleting Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook account

  • Chang Chi-yuan, a Taiwanese hacker, said he would livestream an attempt to delete Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook account on Sunday.
  • But he abandoned the plans on Friday after they received global attention following a report in Bloomberg.
  • Zuckerberg’s Facebook account has been targeted in the past.

A Taiwanese hacker has abandoned plans to livestream deleting Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook account.

The hacker, Chang Chi-yuan, finds bugs and reports them for money. He announced in a Facebook post on Wednesday that he would target the Facebook CEO, and his threat was first spotted by Bloomberg. He did not provide further details about how he would achieve his aim.

The live video was scheduled for 6 p.m. local time on Sunday. But Chang has since backed down.

“I am cancelling my live feed, I have reported the bug to Facebook, and I will show proof when I get bounty from Facebook,” he told Bloomberg.

Bloomberg said Chang wrote on his Facebook page on Friday: “There will still be a lot of people questioning my ability even after I find many bugs and earn a copious amount of bounty, and I shouldn’t try to prove myself by toying with Zuck’s account.”

Chang was previously described as a “special contributor” in the Japanese tech firm Line Corporation’s hall of fame of bug hunters. Citing an article in Taiwan’s Next Magazine, Bloomberg reported that Chang was once sued by a bus operator who accused him of hacking its system and buying a ticket for just one Taiwanese dollar (about $US0.03).

Zuckerberg’s account has been compromised before. In 2011, a hacker broke in and wrote a status beginning with the phrase “Let the hacking begin.” It was also reported in April that Facebook had deleted some of Zuckerberg’s private messages for fear he or the company could be hacked.

Facebook did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment on whether it was bolstering security around Zuckerberg’s account.

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