Australian Teen Hacked Apple Network

The 16-year-old made off with 90 gigs of sensitive data.



An Australian teenager hacked into Apple's enterprise computer network, making off with 90 gigabytes of data before being discovered. He also accessed an undisclosed number of customer accounts during his year-long intrusion.

According to reports - by Reuters and Melbourne, Australia-based newspaper The Age, citing court statements - Australian Federal Police raided the teen's home after being contacted by the FBI, who were notified of the attack by Apple. In the raid, police confiscated two laptops, a mobile phone, and a hard drive with a folder named "hacky hack hack" in which the stolen documents were stored.

According to reports, the teen, who said he admired Apple and hoped to find work there, has pleaded guilty to charges related to the hacking and will be sentenced on Sept. 20.

More information on the hacker is not available because, at 16, he is not yet an adult and his privacy is protected by the Children's Court of Victoria. Details of the intrusion have not been made public because the action is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation.

"We ... want to assure our customers that at no point during this incident was their personal data compromised," an Apple spokesman told Reuters.

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