Apple gets cored: 90GB of ‘secure files’ stolen by high schooler

Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York

According to The Age, the hacker was supposedly done in past year when an Australian Federal Police raid at his home led investigators to a folder on his laptop containing pertinent files and instructions, labeled 'hacky hack hack'. Following reports of the hacking incident, Apple issued a statement saying that no customer data was compromised from the repeated attacks on its network. He did this several times over the course of a year and managed to download around 90GB of "secure files" as well as gaining access to customer accounts.

At any rate, Australian newspaper The Age reported that the high schooler, who can't be named because he's a minor, developed "computerized tunnels and online bypassing systems" to exfiltrate the files.

The Age said the 16-year-old - who can not be named for legal reasons - broke into Apple's mainframe several times over the course of a year, using a system of "computerised tunnels and online bypassing systems".

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

But The Age reports that the boy had accessed customer accounts.

An Apple spokesman said the company's information security personnel "discovered the unauthorized access, contained it, and reported the incident to law enforcement" without commenting further on the specifics of the case. It reports that he had hacked into the firm because he was a huge fan and dreamed of working there.

The boy also shared details of his hacking with members of a WhatsApp group.

A prosecutor told the court: "A mobile phone and hard drive were also seized and the IP address... matched the intrusions into the organisation".

The 16-year-old, who can not be publicly named, pled guilty today (Aug. 16). His defense lawyer said the boy was well known in what The Age called "the worldwide hacking community".



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