Apple's network reportedly hacked by Melbourne teen, sensitive user data seized

Doris Richards
August 18, 2018

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

The Age reports that the teen's lawyer asked that his named be concealed because he's become so famous in the hacking world that releasing his name would put him at risk.

Apple has already issued a statement clarifying that the personal data of its customers was not compromised during this incident.

Throughout the year, he accessed Apple's internal systems and retrieved highly secure "authorized keys" for logging into customer accounts, relaying his successes through Whatsapp.

According to the prosecutor, officials raided the home and seized two Apple laptops that contained the logged serial numbers used to access Apple's internal systems and customer accounts.

The Age newspaper reports that the teenager's actions were driven by an admiration for the company, and that the boy stored the stolen files in a folder entitled "hacky hack hack". The hack apparently "worked flawlessly" until Apple caught wind of it.While the attacker tried to hide his identity, Apple was able to identify the serial numbers of the laptops used to perform the attacks, and that's how the investigation led to Australia. But Apple stated in an email to The Guardian that the student did not "compromise" personal data.

"At Apple, we vigilantly protect our networks and have dedicated teams of information security professionals that work to detect and respond to threats", the company said in its email to The Guardian. They also confiscated a hard drive and a mobile phone.

Apple previous year alerted the FBI, when it detected the unauthorized access and blocked the source of the intrusions, who launched the investigation.

He later admitted to the police that he had "dreamed of" working for Apple, a claim that was affirmed by his lawyer. Also found installed on the laptop was the software he'd made use of to execute said hacking. Putting them in prison is often a waste of that potential.

The boy's name could not be made public because he was a juvenile offender.

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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