Apple Hacked By Australia's Biggest Teen Fan

Laverne Mann
August 19, 2018

The Age said the 16-year-old - who can not be named for legal reasons - broke into Apple's mainframe several times over the course of a year, using a system of "computerised tunnels and online bypassing systems". They also found a trove of hacking files and instructions saved in a folder the teen had labeled "hacky hack hack".

Officials believe the boy started hacking at age 16.

Apple Inc APPL.O said on Friday no customer data was compromised after Australian media reported a teenager had pleaded guilty to hacking into its main computer network, downloading internal files and accessing customer accounts.

The teen was actually a fan of the tech giant and had been accessing Apple's mainframe on a number of occassions and while talking to police, he told that he always dreamt to work for the tech giant.

Apple contacted the FBI after becoming aware of the hack and the matter was then referred to the Australian Federal Police.

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At Apple's request, authorities did not go into detail regarding the methods the teen used to break into the secure servers.

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

An Apple spokesman said the company's information security personnel "discovered the unauthorized access, contained it, and reported the incident to law enforcement" without commenting further on the specifics of the case. "It's not right, but for tech teens, it can be a part of growing up. there's usually a really anxious teen and family at the end of this sort of court case".

But, try as he might, he got tracked down: Apple's systems recorded the serial numbers of the MacBooks from which the attacks were launched.

A mobile phone and hard drive were also seized whose IP address matched those detected in the breaches, he added.

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