Apple reassures customers after teenager hacked its servers

Apple reassures customers after teenager hacked its servers

An Australian teenager has pleaded guilty to hacking into Apple's secure central computer network.

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

The Melbourne teen, who can not be named for legal reasons, broke into Apple's mainframe from his suburban home on multiple occasions over a year because he was such a fan of the company, according to his lawyer. He told others about his exploits on WhatsApp, and stored the stolen data in a folder named "hacky hack hack".

The teen downloaded 90 gigabytes of secure files and accessed customer accounts without exposing his identity. Apple then contacted the FBI, who turned the case over to the Australian Federal Police (AFP). "Further analysis found that the schoolboy successfully accessed authorised keys", added the report.

The AFP obtained a search warrant and raided the family home, leading to the discovery of the folder.

Former cricket legend Imran Khan confirmed as new Pakistan Prime Minister
Imran Khan also said that if the opposition wants to demonstrate sit-ins, they will be provided with containers by PTI. Khan, who will be sworn in on Saturday, has yet to announce his cabinet.

Apple said that it had, "discovered the unauthorised access, contained it, and reported the incident to law enforcement", although it hasn't discussed the specifics of the incident. The laptops' serial numbers matched those used to access the system, a prosecutor noted.

Details about the case are being kept quiet because the teen is said to have bragged about his exploits via WhatsApp, with The Age reporting that his lawyer believes "his client had become so well-known in the worldwide hacking community that even mentioning the case in detail could expose him to risk".

The 16-year-old, who can not be publicly named, pled guilty today (Aug. 16).

Dr Suelette Dreyfus, a privacy expert from from the University of Melbourne's school of computing and information systems, urged against a punitive sentence.

The Australian Federal Police executed a search warrant on the teen's home previous year, the court heard. Putting them in prison is often a waste of that potential. "It's not right, but for tech teens, it can be a part of growing up. there's usually a really anxious teen and family at the end of this sort of court case".

Related News:



Most liked

Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee cremated with full state honours
Serving as prime minister briefly in 1996 then again from 1998 to 2004, Mr Vajpayee was admired even by prominent political foes. From there it would be taken to the BJP headquarters tomorrow, where people would be able to pay their last respects.

Roundup Weed Killer Chemical Found in Cheerios and Quaker Oats, Researchers Say
Familiar breakfast foods and snacks contain potentially unsafe amounts of a weed-killing chemical, according to a new study . On the organic side, just five products were discovered to have had Glyphosate and none of them reached the 160ppb benchmark.

Former Intel Chiefs: White House Using Security Clearances As A 'Political Tool'
Clapper and former CIA Director Michael Hayden have appeared on a White House list of people who may also have their security clearances revoked .

Stormy Daniels a no-show on Celebrity Big Brother and Loose Women
The stories about her asking for more money are all rubbish - obviously she wasn't going to be paid to tell, then isn't going in".

Scarlett Johansson Highest Paid Actress 2018
" La La Land " star Emma Stone , who earned $26 million to top the list in 2017, tumbled out of the top 10, Reuters noted. Angelina Jolie comes in second place with $28 million, based on her contract for the Disney sequel Maleficent II.

Manafort Jury Begins Second Day of Deliberations
A jury in Virginia completed its first day of deliberations on Thursday in the bank and tax fraud trial of Paul Manafort , U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, after asking the judge for the definition of "reasonable doubt".

Mass overdose of marijuana sees 76 'bodies dropping' in park
Officials believe the individuals may have taken doses of K2, a synthetic drug marketed as being similar to marijuana. Investigators are trying to determine exactly what sickened them and tens of other victims.

‘Star Wars: Resistance’: Trailer & Premiere Date For Disney Channel Toon Series
The animation style is another big change, and will likely polarize many fans, and to be frank, I still don't know what I think. Kaz is a young pilot, who is on his high-flying mission to fight the First Order in this new anime-inspired animated series.

Tyson Fury & Deontay Wilder Had To Be Separated At Belfast Weigh-Ins
Local fighter Carl Frampton weighed in at 126lbs for his main event world featherweight title bout with Luke Jackson. Both men pointed fingers dangerously close to each other's personal bubble.

Amid Tensions, Turkey Court Rejects Another Appeal To Free US Pastor: Lawyer
Meanwhile, Turkish courts have moved to defuse other legal cases that have irritated relations with the EU. He criticized Turkey for "holding our wonderful Christian Pastor".

Pouille outlasts Murray in Cincinnati opener
Lucas Pouille (FRA) serves against Andy Murray (GBR) in the Western and Southern tennis open at Lindner Family Tennis Center . Tenth-seeded Julia Goerges was losing to Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 3-2 when she retired because of a lower left leg injury.

Nick Jonas and family arrive in Mumbai with huge Tiffany bag
Nick's brothers Joe and Kevin are also expected to join the party although neither were pictured among the airport arrivals. Earlier this week, PeeCee showed off her massive diamond rock on her ring finger at ace designer Manish Malhotra's party .

Family planning multiple events to honour Aretha Franklin
Erma told David Ritz that her sister's struggles with motherhood and fame were mostly due to the generation they grew up in. The space agency's official lunar account expressed its condolences for the singer, writing: "Rock Steady Aretha ".

Monster Hunter World connection errors on PC acknowledged by Capcom
That's hobbled revenue growth at the internet giant and contributed to a 15 percent slide in its stock since June. Due to the large number of complaints, the government quickly chose to revoke the operating license of Tencent .

Synthetic pot laced with opioid behind CT mass overdose
It started Tuesday morning when multiple emergency services received multiple calls describing people vomiting and passing out. Nationally, overdose deaths reached a record level of 72,000 in 2017, according to a recent federal report.