Melbourne teen hacked into Apple’s secure servers to access customer accounts: Report

The teen is now facing criminal charges after Apple called in FBI.

  • Published: August 17, 2018 9:45 AM IST

A private schoolboy from Melbourne reportedly broke into Apple’s secure server system and download 90GB of secure files. He used these files to access customer accounts. The teen, broke into Apple’s mainframe from his home on several occasions over the year, his lawyer said.

The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, developed computerized tunnels for system bypassing to hide his identity. All of this was uncovered following a raid on this family home. The teen had saved all the hacking files, along with instructions in a folder called “hacky hack hack,” Australian publication, TheAge reports.

The defense lawyer of the teen said that his client was well known in the international hacking community, and evening taking about the case in detail could expose the kid to risk. The Crown prosecutor also acknowledged the fact that even Apple was “very sensitive about publicity.”

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“Two Apple laptops were seized and the serial numbers matched the serial numbers of the devices which accessed the internal systems. A mobile phone and hard drive were also seized and the IP address … matched the intrusions into the organisation. The purpose was to connect remotely to the company’s internal systems,” a prosecutor said.

The search warrant on the teen’s home was executed last year by the Australian Federal Police. However, the major international investigation only sparked after Apple contacted FBI, who then passed on the allegations over to the AFP.

Further analysis revealed that the teen was able to successful access “authorized keys” giving him login access to users, something that is said to be highly secure. The access was eventually detected by Apple, after which he was blocked and caught. The teen later told the police that he had “dreamed of” working for Apple. The magistrate acknowledged the teen’s guilty plea, and due to the complexity of the case, the hearing will take place next month.

  • Published Date: August 17, 2018 9:45 AM IST