Australian Teenager Reportedly Hacked Apple's Network


The Children's Court of Victoria was told the teenager broke into Apple's mainframe - a large, powerful data processing system - from his home in the suburbs of Melbourne and downloaded 90GB of secure files, The Age reported late Thursday.

The Melbourne teen, who can not be named for legal reasons, broke into Apple's mainframe from his suburban home on multiple occasions over a year because he was such a fan of the company, according to his lawyer. The unnamed teenager is said to have accessed the company's servers multiple times over the course of a year, eventually stealing 90GB of "secure files" whose contents are now unknown. We don't have much detail on what information was compromised, though Mac Rumors mentioned that customer account details were involved. According to Australian newspaper The Age, the hacking tools and instructions were saved in a folder named "hacky hack hack".

A teen in Melbourne, Australia has hacked secure servers at Apple Inc not once, but numerous times over the course of a year.

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Authorities ended up confiscating a pair of laptops, a mobile phone, and a hard drive during a raid on the boy's home. His name can't be shared because he's still a minor, but also because he's a well-known individual in the global hacking community. The Age reports that prosecutors told the court that the Australian Federal Police (AFP) raided the teen's home previous year. The prosecutor on the case noted that Apple was "very sensitive about publicity".

He then used Whatsapp to communicate his offending to others. "The goal was to connect remotely to the company's internal systems", said the report.

He has apparently pleaded guilty and is awaiting a September sentencing by the court.