Australia teen breaches Apple's secure network

Joanna Estrada
August 18, 2018

An Australian teenager has pleaded guilty to hacking Apple, stealing 90 gigabytes of secure files, and accessing customer accounts.

The teen, who can not be publicly named, was well known in the global hacking community.

"We regard the data security of our users as one of our greatest responsibilities and want to assure our customers that at no point during this incident was their personal data compromised", a company spokesperson said. Authorities say he stole about 90GB of "secure files" and accessed customer accounts after obtaining users' authorized keys, or log-in access, reports the Guardian. He hacked into Apple's network from his suburban home using tools and instructions stored on his PC in a folder named "hacky hack hack".

Australian Federal Police - at the FBI's request - raided the boy's family home in a Melbourne suburb, seizing two laptops, a mobile phone and a hard drive, according to a report in Melbourne's The Age, although police declined comment.

Serial numbers of devices, including two Apple laptops used to hack into Apple's network, had subsequently been traced as were Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, said a prosecutor quoted by The Age.

"At Apple, we put the customer at the center of everything we design", said Apple in a recent statement. A mobile phone and hard drive were also seized and the IP address. matched the intrusions into the organisation.

Apple past year alerted the FBI, when it detected the unauthorized access and blocked the source of the intrusions, who launched the investigation. The company said in a statement that its teams "discovered the unauthorised access, contained it, and reported the incident to law enforcement". He is said to be well-known in the global hacking community. Nearly all these teens grew out of the technology boundary-pushing of their youth, and then went on to live useful lives and contributing to society. The teenager's lawyer said in court that the boy was a big fan of Apple who "dreamed" of working for the company.

The boy, whose name could not be made public because he is a juvenile offender, will be sentenced on September 20.

Earlier this month, Apple surpassed $1 trillion (€879 million) in market value, built in part on its reputation as a privacy standard-bearer.

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