Australian teenager hacked Apple’s network multiple times, accessed 90GB worth of files

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He managed to access Apple's corporate network multiple times over a span of a year without revealing his identity. No wonder then that the Australian Federal Police was able to track him down and raided his home where they found two MacBooks with the serial number that were used in the hack. "We ... want to assure our customers that at no point during this incident was their personal data compromised", the Apple spokesperson said.

'Two Apple laptops were seized and the serial numbers matched the serial numbers of the devices which accessed the internal systems, ' a prosecutor was reported as saying.

The Age goes on to report that the investigation began when Apple became aware of the intrusion and contacted the FBI, who passed the case over to the Australian Federal Police.

A mobile phone and hard drive were also seized whose IP address matched those detected in the breaches, he added. His Apple-slicing feats supposedly made him well-known in the global hacking community to the point that the details of the case must be refrained. Authorities say he stole about 90GB of "secure files" and accessed customer accounts after obtaining users' authorized keys, or log-in access, reports the Guardian.

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"At Apple, we put the customer at the center of everything we design", said Apple in a recent statement.

Apple previous year alerted the FBI, when it detected the unauthorized access and blocked the source of the intrusions, who launched the investigation. Corporations typically use VPNs to connect to a central network from remote locations, as VPNs encrypt all transferred data and are typically impenetrable by eavesdropping hackers.

"In this case, our teams discovered the unauthorized access, contained it, and reported the incident to law enforcement".

The prosecutor also acknowledged that Apple was very "very sensitive about publicity" pertaining to this case, which may partly be because of the infamous, widely covered iCloud hackings of 2014. He even admitted to the police that working for Apple was his "dream job". Though his guilty plea was acknowledged by the magistrate, the sentencing itself has been pushed to next month, owing to the complex nature of the case.



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