Teen pleads guilty to hacking Apple’s computer system


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Teenager was able to hack into Apple's system and access personal data.
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An Australian teenager who repeatedly broke into Apple’s computer system is facing criminal charges after Apple contacted the FBI.

The teenager, who hasn’t been named for legal reasons, reportedly downloaded 90GB of secure files and accessed customer accounts. The information was uncovered in a raid on his family home in Melbourne, found in a computer folder called “Hacky hack hack.”

The teenager, who was well known in the hacking community, said he picked Apple’s system to hack into because he was such a big fan of the company.

During the raid on his family home, two Apple laptops were seized, along with a mobile phone and hard drive. The case first came to light when Apple discovered the hack and passed details on to the FBI, who subsequently shared them with Australian authorities.

The court was told that the hacker managed to use security keys which “worked flawlessly” to access Apple’s information. Unsurprisingly, details about exactly what that information entailed have not been shared publicly. The Crown prosecutor said that Apple is, “very sensitive about publicity.”

The teen has entered a guilty plea, and will be sentenced next month.

Source: TheAge


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