Teen pleads guilty to hacking Apple

Joanna Estrada
August 18, 2018

On Thursday, he pleaded guilty in an Australian children's court.

The report claims that the teenager is well-known in the hacking community and had used VPNs and other tools to avoid being detected by Apple and authorities.

The boy, who can not be identified because of his age, appeared at the Children's Court to plead guilty to the hacking. The serial numbers of the devices matched those of the devices that had accessed the internal systems, a prosecutor told the court.

The company said it identified the security breach and notified the FBI, which in turn referred the matter to the Australian federal police. The AFP exercised a search warrant on the boy's residence and seized two Apple laptops, a mobile phone, and a hard drive.

The court heard the access "worked flawlessly" until the teen was caught.

The major global investigation was sparked when Apple contacted the FBI, who passed the allegations on to the AFP. During the investigation, the FBI passed its allegations on to the AFP. At least one of the computers contained a folder labelled "hacky hack hack" that was loaded with hacking software and instructions.

The teen apparently used WhatsApp to brag about his achievements to other parties. Instead, he's said to be a big fan of the company and eventually wanted to work there.

If the high schooler hasn't figured it out already, the penny will drop soon: "hacking your servers" isn't the best thing to put on your resume. He is said to have "dreamed of" working for Apple. In the process, he stole approximately 90GB of data and was even able to access customer records.

Well, we guess that's one way to get yourself noticed. In the meantime, Apple may soon be looking for a new systems administrator.

Did the Australian teen also launch phishing attacks? Apple shouldn't want to share too many details with the public either, considering it was bested by a suburban teen.

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