According to Australian media, a teen hacker broke into Apple mainframe and downloaded 90GB of secure files. He dreams to work for the Tech Giant.
I believe it is time for Apple to hire an Australian 16-year old schoolboy who hacked its computer systems. Yes, it is not a joke, according to Australian media the teen hacker broke into Apple mainframe and downloaded 90GB of secure files.
It is embarrassing, the young hacker targeted Apple system from his home in Melbourne.
Downloaded data included extremely secure authorized keys used to grant login access to users, as well as access multiple user accounts, Apple declared that no customer data was exposed.
When the authorities identified the young hacker, he explained that he attempted to hack Apple because he is a fan of the company and “dreamed of” working for it.
According to the Children’s Court of Victoria, the schoolboy hacked the company’s servers numerous times in more than a year, only when Apple finally discovered the intrusion, the company contacted the FBI.
Feds with the help of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) blocking the hacker and identified him.
The Apple security team “discovered the unauthorised access, contained it, and reported the incident to law enforcement”.
[We wanted] “to assure our customers that at no point during this incident was their personal data compromised” added Apple.
The police raided the home of the schoolboy last year and found evidence of the hack, the agents found hacking files and instructions saved in a folder called “hacky hack hack”. The police also seized a mobile phone and hard drive.
“Two Apple laptops were seized, and the serial numbers matched the serial numbers of the devices which accessed the internal systems,” a prosecutor was quoted as saying by Australian media The Age. “A mobile phone and hard drive were also seized, and the IP address matched the intrusions into the organization.”
The tech giant requested authorities of not disclosing details regarding the way the hacker breached its systems.
The teen has pleaded guilty to a Children’s Court, the judge has postponed his sentencing till next month (20 September).
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.