A Melbourne student has pleaded guilty to hacking into Apple’s secured system after the organization told experts of the interruption (via The Age). The teenage minor, who can’t be named for legal reasons, showed up at an Australian Children’s Court on Thursday facing allegations of hacking into Apple’s servers on different events.
Details of the case are still not clear, but it looks like the boy began his digital adventures at a tender age of 16, and went on to secure 90 GB of secured files and authorized keys, that allowed him login access. The boy is said to have endeavored to conceal his identity by using different methods including “computerized tunnels”, a system which had “worked faultlessly” until the point when the boy was caught.
That chain of occasions started when Apple evidently detected an unauthorized access and blocked the source of the intrusion. It then apprised the FBI, which passed on the data to the Australian Federal Police, bringing about a warrant being executed at the family home a year ago.
Prosecutors said the raid turned up a “litany of hacking files” on a computer laptop and hard drive, as well as a mobile phone with an IP address that matched the source of the intrusions.
The boy’s lawyer said the teen was a fan of the company and had “dreamed of” working for Apple. His lawyer also asked the magistrate’s court not to disclose some of the details of the case because the boy is well-known in the hacking community and it could put him at risk.
The magistrate’s court acknowledged the guilty plea, and the case has been adjourned until next month for sentencing.
Update 8/17: An Apple spokesperson has told Reuters that no customer data was compromised in the hack. “We … want to assure our customers that at no point during this incident was their personal data compromised,” the spokesman said.