16-year-old Apple fanboi admits to hacking firm's corporate network

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16-year-old Apple fanboi admits to hacking firm's corporate network

A 16-year-old boy from Melbourne, Australia has admitted hacking into the network of computer giant Apple and stealing some 90 gigabytes of documents.

Apple's internal systems were breached by an Australian teenager who made off with 90GB of confidential files, prompting an FBI investigation. He allegedly got hold of "authorized keys", although it's not clear whether he swiped those from the servers or used them to access the servers in the first place. Apple soon identified the hacks and reported the case to the FBI and Australian Federal Police. On the other hand, the teenager's lawyer stated that he only hacked Apple because he likes the company very much and hopes one day to work for it as well.

The report said an AFP raid on the boy's family home produced two laptops, a mobile phone and a hard drive that matched the intrusion reported by Apple. However, perhaps due to the lack of experience, the teenager stored all the data in a folder called "hacky hack hack" and even boasted about his feat on WhatsApp and other hacking groups.

But The Age reports that the boy had accessed customer accounts.

Apple has already issued a statement clarifying that the personal data of its customers was not compromised during this incident.

"In this case, our teams discovered the unauthorised access, contained it, and reported the incident to law enforcement". However, Apple managed to outsmart the teenager by logging the serial numbers of the Macbooks that were used to attack Apple's servers.

The boy pleaded guilty and will return to the court for sentencing in September. The teen reportedly did this "because he was such a fan of Apple".

Apple contacted the FBI after detecting and shutting down the intrusions, sparking what The Age called a "major worldwide investigation".

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