Australian teen sparks FBI action after hacking Apple

Angelica Greene
August 19, 2018

According to The Age newspaper, the boy's lawyer told the children's court in Melbourne on Thursday that his client had hacked into the Apple network on multiple occasions over one year because he admired the company. It is alleged that he had downloaded more than 90GB of important Apple internal files and customer account details.

He downloaded around 90 gigabytes of files reportedly saving them in a folder named "hacky hack hack".

Apple noticed the breach and contacted the FBI, which notified the Australian Federal Police, according to The Age.

The search warrant was obtained after Apple went to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which in turn passed the matter to the AFP.

Apple said in a statement that its teams "discovered the unauthorized access, contained it and reported the incident to law enforcement".

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Seeking to reassure customers after the news of repeated breaches of its network broke yesterday, Apple said that no user data was compromised in the attacks, reports Reuters. The teen's defense attorney claims that the hacker accessed Apple's servers because he loved the Cupertino company and had always dreamed of working for them.

The court heard that after a tipoff from the FBI, the Australian Federal Police a year ago obtained a search warrant and raided the teenager's family home in Melbourne.

The AFP then searched his home and seized two computers. The IP addresses of a seized mobile phone and a disk device also matched up with what Apple had recorded. Also, Apple has been "very sensitive about publicity", as the case was kept out of the media attention until the legal proceedings this week. He pleaded guilty in court and now awaits sentencing... and Apple should probably follow up with a job offer.

The court has acknowledged the schoolboy's guilty plea and is expected to deliver the final judgement next month on 20 September.

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