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Apple Hacked By Australia's Biggest Teen Fan

19 August 2018

The identity of the high school student can not be revealed for legal reasons. After his house was raided, investigators found two Apple machines and instructions on how to hack in a folder called "hacky hack hack". Interestingly, the boy holds an impressive image in the world of hacking.

The 16-year-old, from the Australian city of Melbourne, downloaded large internal files and accessed customer accounts, according to statements from his lawyer.

A teenager has said he hacked into Apple's main computer network because he was a fan of the company and had hoped to work for them.

The kid apparently used VPNs and other systems to hide his identity and hacked Apple's servers for about a year. According to The Age, Apple reported the teen to the FBI after detecting external access, and United States authorities then alerted Australian Federal Police, which obtained a warrant to raid the teen's family home a year ago.

"We regard the data security of our users as one of our greatest responsibilities and want to assure our customers that at no point during this incident was their personal data compromised".

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

The court heard the access "worked flawlessly" until the teen was caught.

But, try as he might, he got tracked down: Apple's systems recorded the serial numbers of the MacBooks from which the attacks were launched.

The newspaper reports that the teen told authorities he had "dreamed of" being an Apple employee. Police also seized a mobile phone and a hard drive.

The teen pleaded guilty and will return to court next month for sentencing, our sister site ZDNet reports.

Apple Hacked By Australia's Biggest Teen Fan