The Apple brand has always been associated with security and quality, but an Australian teen has turned that notion upside down with his hacking skills. The 16-year-old broke into the iPhone maker’s mainframe and accessed 90GB of secure files, in addition to customer accounts.
The Age reports that the boy didn’t just hack Apple once, but several times over the course of a year. He successfully hid his identity using online bypassing systems and computerized tunnels until the company caught wind of his activities and lodged a complaint with the FBI.
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Things got serious at this point since the Australian Federal Police (AFP) raided his family home and discovered all sorts of hacking files and instructions in a folder called “hacky hack hack.” It seems the teenager somehow got hold of highly-secure authorized keys which let him get log-in access.
The hacker doesn’t appear to have had nefarious intentions. He apparently told the police he had dreamed of working for Apple. His lawyer is trying his best to work this angle, claiming that the teenager performed the hacks only because he was such a fan of the company. He also asserts that the boy is so well known in the international hacking community that even mentioning the case exposes him to risk.
The 16-year-old’s case was heard this week in Australia’s Children’s Court. The boy has admitted to being guilty, so there’s no ambiguity there. His punishment will be decided next month because of how complex the matter is.
Apple is now trying to do some damage control, telling Reuters that no customer’s personal data was compromised. This may be true, but 90GB of data is nothing to sneeze at. Plus, the fact that the hack went on for so long suggests that the brand has some serious security holes to fix.