‘Hacky hack hack’: Australia teen breaches Apple’s secure network

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

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

It's not clear what exactly he accessed. 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 newspaper said, quoting statements made in court.

The teenager's lawyer said the reason he hacked into the network was that he was a fan of the iPad and iPhone maker, considered it a "dream" to one day work for the company, and that the defendant was "well-known" in the worldwide hacking community. The boy's home was subsequently searched and two computers seized which matched the devices detected inside Apple's systems.

"An Apple spokesperson said that, "[We] want to assure our customers that at no point during this incident was their personal data compromised".

The court heard that he had broken into the company's mainframe a number of times past year and downloaded around 90 gigabytes of files before the hack was traced and he was blocked.

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

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In a light-hearted juxtaposition, the boy saved the hacked files in a folder hilariously named "hacky hack hack", according to reports, and later told police that he had "dreamed of" working for the firm.

We've never heard that Apple laptops transmit their serial numbers to Apple over the internet.

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

However, despite the child's claim that he was a fan of Apple and wanted to work for the company when he grows up, his defence lawyer claimed that he had acquired a reputation in the global hacking community, and even boasted about his exploits in a WhatsApp group.

An Apple representative in Australia was not immediately available for comment. He pleaded guilty in court and now awaits sentencing... and Apple should probably follow up with a job offer.

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