Student who tracked Elon Musk's jet is now tracking Russian VIPs

19-year-old Jack Sweeny created a Twitter bot that tracks Elon Musk's private jet has created a bot that tracks Russian VIPs.

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The 19-year-old that was ushered into fame by creating a bot that tracks Elon Musk's jet has now created a bot that tracks Russian VIPs.

In early February, 19-year-old college student and aviation enthusiast Jack Sweeney landed himself in the limelight as Elon Musk offered to pay $5,000 to delete the Twitter account bot created by Sweeney. The Twitter account is ElonJet, and was created to track the take-off and landing locations of Elon Musk's private jet. The account is now nearing 400,000 followers, and now Sweeney has announced a new account called "PutinJet", which tracks the movements of Russian VIP jets and any Putin may use.

Read more: Elon Musk offers teen $5,000 to kill the Twitter bot tracking his jet

Sweeney took to his personal Twitter account to announce the creation of PutinJet, but warned people that it might not be as accurate as ElonJet as there are a "dozen VIP Russian planes, and ADS-B coverage isn't great in Russia". Additionally, Sweeney created a Twitter account bot that tracks Russian Oligarchs called "Russian Oligarch Jets". Each of the bots track the movements of Russia's most wealthy individuals.

Sweeney spoke to Bloomberg and that Russia's richest individuals are traveling on large commercial planes such as a Boeing 737 or an Airbus A319, "The aircrafts these oligarchs have are absolutely crazy. Their planes are huge compared to other jets," said Sweeney.

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Jak joined the TweakTown team in 2017 and has since reviewed 100s of new tech products and kept us informed daily on the latest science, space, and artificial intelligence news. Jak's love for science, space, and technology, and, more specifically, PC gaming, began at 10 years old. It was the day his dad showed him how to play Age of Empires on an old Compaq PC. Ever since that day, Jak fell in love with games and the progression of the technology industry in all its forms. Instead of typical FPS, Jak holds a very special spot in his heart for RTS games.

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