Date
21 September 2018
The 16-year-old boy apparently did it because he admired the company and “dreamed of” working there, his lawyer said. Photo: AFP
The 16-year-old boy apparently did it because he admired the company and “dreamed of” working there, his lawyer said. Photo: AFP

Australian teen sparks FBI action after hacking Apple

An Australian teenager has pleaded guilty to hacking into the main computer network of technology giant Apple Inc, downloading internal files and accessing customer accounts, Reuters reports.

The boy, 16, from Melbourne city, broke into the US company’s mainframe from his suburban home many times over a year, because he was a big fan of the company, according to The Age newspaper, citing statements by the teenager’s lawyer in court.

He apparently did it because he admired the company and “dreamed of” working there, The Verge quoted his lawyer as saying. 

The teen downloaded 90 gigabytes of secure files and accessed customer accounts without exposing his identity.

When Apple became aware of the intrusion it contacted the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, which referred the matter to the Australian Federal Police (AFP), The Age said, quoting statements made in court.

The report said an AFP raid on the boy’s family home produced two laptops, a mobile phone and a hard drive which matched the intrusion reported by Apple. The sensitive documents were saved in a folder called “hacky hack hack”, the report added.

The report said the boy had boasted about his activities on the mobile messaging service WhatsApp.

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

He will be sentenced next month.

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