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Teenager Found Guilty of Hacking Apple's Computer Systems


An Australian teenager from Melbourne has been facing criminal charges by authorities, after the 16 year old boy hacked the secure computer systems of Apple. As per a report of The Age, the teen, whose name cannot be disclosed due to legal reasons, gained access to the internal network of Apple from his home, located in the suburbs, on several occasions during the year.


The report from The Age further said that the teenager has managed to successfully download more than 90 Gigabyte of secured customer accounts and files. The sensitive downloaded data was then stored by the teen in a folder, and was named as "hacky hack hack." The teen also boasted about his activities on WhatsApp, a Facebook-owned instant messenger.


Apple said, on 17 August, that even though the 16-year-old has accessed over 90 Gigabyte of data, the company assures that the customer data is secured and has not been compromised. The company further said that, "we regard the data security of our users as one of our greatest responsibilities and want to assure our customers that at no point during this incident were their personal data compromised."


Apple added that company's information security personnel has discovered this unauthorised access, then contained it and finally reported this incident to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). FBI then referred this case to the AFP (Australian Federal Police). Soon after, the Australian Federal Police has raided the teen's home.


"Two Apple laptops were seized and the serial numbers [of the laptops] matched the serial numbers of the devices which accessed the internal systems," said the crown prosecutor, as per The Age newspaper. The prosecutor further added that a hard drive and a mobile phone were also seized. The investigation further proves that the IP address through which the company information was compromised is same as of the teen's computer.


The teenager has been prosecuted in a court of Melbourne. The teen's lawyer claims during the trial in Melbourne's Children's Court that the reason behind teen's misdeed can be attributed to the fandom. The 16-year-old boy admitted that he has hacked Apple's computer network, and downloaded customer account details and files. The boy will face the sentence on 20th September this year.

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