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Apple hacked by 16-year-old who “dreamed” of working for firm

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An Australian teenager has admitted hacking into Apple’s internal network and stealing 90 GB worth of files.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded guilty to breaking into Apple’s systems on multiple occasions over the course of a year, from his parent’s home in Melbourne’s suburbs.

According to a report in The Age, the young hacker claimed to be a “fan” of the company, who “dreamed” of working for Apple one day.

The teen is thought to have attempted to hide his identity using a variety of tools, such as VPN software. But after Apple eventually spotted the unauthorised access of their internal systems they informed the FBI, who in turn worked with the Australian Federal Police to track down the intruder.

A search of the teenager’s home last year saw law enforcement officers seize two Apple laptops with serial numbers that “matched the serial numbers of devices which accessed the internal systems”, according to a prosecutor.

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