Teenage Hacker Stole 90 GB of Confidential Data from Apple's Servers

Sheri Evans
August 19, 2018

The unnamed teenager is said to have accessed the company's servers multiple times over the course of a year, eventually stealing 90GB of "secure files" whose contents are now unknown.

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". It's not clear what exactly he accessed.

Seeking to reassure customers after the news of repeated breaches of its network broke yesterday, Apple said that no user data was compromised in the attacks, reports Reuters.

An Australian teenager managed to hack Apple, steal 90 gigabytes of secure files, and access customer accounts, a court has heard, according to The Age.

Apple added that its security team "discovered the unauthorized access, contained it, and reported the incident to law enforcement", but the spokesperson did not provide any further details.

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His offending from the age of 16 saw him develop computerised tunnels and online bypassing systems to hide his identity until a raid on his family home uncovered a litany of hacking files and instructions all saved in a folder titled "hacky hack hack". He also allegedly had a look at customer accounts.

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.

The boy's name has not been made public for legal reasons.

Apple is yet to issue an official comment regarding the matter. He reportedly told police that he had dreamed of working for the firm.

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