Data Security

Melbourne teen hacked into Apple’s secure computer network

The company says no data compromised by 16-year-old although court hears he stored information’ in a folder called ‘hacky hack hack’

A 16-year-old Melbourne private schoolboy, who repeatedly broke into Apple’s secure computer systems, downloaded internal files and accessed customer accounts, is facing criminal charges after the technology giant called in the FBI.

According to his lawyer, the teen broke into Apple’s mainframe because he admired the company and hoped to work there one day.

The Children’s Court heard on Thursday that he had downloaded 90gb of secure files and accessed customer accounts. The boy stored the saved information in a folder titled “hacky hack hack”.

The teen’s defense lawyer said his client had become so well known in the international hacking community that even mentioning the case in detail could expose him to risk.

The Crown prosecutor also acknowledged that Apple was “very sensitive about publicity”.

The AFP searched the teenager’s home last year and seized two computers. The serial numbers of the devices matched those of the devices that had accessed the internal systems, a prosecutor told the court.

The boy pleaded guilty and will return to the court for sentencing in September.

References: The Age

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