'Hacky hack hack': Australia teen breaches Apple's secure network

Police reportedly raided the boy's home last year and found hacking files and instructions saved in a folder called 'hacky hack
Police reportedly raided the boy's home last year and found hacking files and instructions saved in a folder called 'hacky hack hack'

A schoolboy who "dreamed" of working for Apple hacked the firm's computer systems, Australian media has reported, although the tech giant said Friday no customer data was compromised.

The Children's Court of Victoria was told the teenager broke into Apple's mainframe—a large, powerful data processing system—from his home in the suburbs of Melbourne and downloaded 90GB of secure files, The Age reported late Thursday.

The boy, then aged 16, accessed the system multiple times over a year as he was a fan of Apple and had "dreamed of" working for the US firm, the newspaper said, citing his lawyer.

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

The firm, which earlier this month became the first private-sector company to surpass US$1 trillion in market value, said it wanted "to assure our customers that at no point during this incident was their personal data compromised".

An international investigation was launched after the discovery involving the FBI and the Australian Federal Police, The Age reported.

The said it could not comment on the case as it is still before the court.

The Age said raided the boy's home last year and found hacking files and instructions saved in a folder called "hacky hack hack".

"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.

A mobile phone and hard drive were also seized whose IP address matched those detected in the breaches, he added.

The teen has pleaded guilty and the case is due to return to court for his sentencing next month.


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Aug 17, 2018
Sentence him to go work at Apple to improve their security, which is apparently lacking. Why do we punish these kinds of people by imprisoning them? Hopefully we don't punish this kid like so many other gifted people like him, he should simply be rehabilitated to work toward the good of others.

Aug 17, 2018
Dumb-ass Apple should have quietly hired the kid.

Aug 17, 2018
My impression of Apple's completely-considered response is that they were aware of the intrusion and that it was sandboxed for further examination. I would further conjecture the kid only managed 'honeypot' access, set up by Apple proactively for just such 'breaches'.

They only wanted to determine who was accessing, and what they were up to, and to log patterns of access.

Aug 18, 2018
"90 gb of secured files"

That's not a honeypot, that's Apple admins thinking they're just too cool for anyone to attack. Being Apple, that kid will **never** work for them and will probably be blacklisted from any contractor that works for them. They hate nothing worse than to be embarrassed, especially by a teenager.

Aug 19, 2018
Hard drives and phones don't have ip addresses, well, a phone does when its connected to a network, but not a permanent one

Aug 20, 2018
If a 16 year old got this far, I wonder how many others have gone past?

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