'Hacky hack hack': Australian teen breaches Apple's secure network

Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York

According to the report by The Age, the teenager had hacked into Apple servers "on multiple occasions over a year".

Despite the court being told that the teenager had downloaded 90GB of secure files and accessed customer accounts, Apple - the world's most valuable company - has denied that customers were affected. He also allegedly had a look at customer accounts.

The defendant's lawyer said that the reason he broke into Apple's mainframe was that he was a fan of the company, and the teen himself reportedly told police that he "dreamed" of working for the Cupertino-based tech giant. Apple soon identified the hacks and reported the case to the FBI and Australian Federal Police.

"Two Apple laptops were seized and the serial numbers matched the serial numbers of the devices which accessed the internal systems", a prosecutor was reported as saying. 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 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 teenager's defense lawyer mentioned that he had become very popular in the global hacking community and so revealing the details of this case to the public could end up exposing his identity.

He then used Whatsapp to communicate his offending to others. The IP addresses of a seized mobile phone and a disk device also matched up with what Apple had recorded. The company's systems are thought by some to be unbreachable, but the 16-year-old proved nothing is impossible.

The 16-year-old, who can not be publicly named, pled guilty today (Aug. 16).

The matter returns to Court for sentencing next month.

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