Apple Hacked by Teenage Fan, Claims Customer Accounts are Safe - The UpStream

Apple Hacked by Teenage Fan, Claims Customer Accounts are Safe

posted Sunday Aug 19, 2018 by Scott Ertz

Apple Hacked by Teenage Fan, Claims Customer Accounts are Safe

A teen in Australia pleaded guilty this week in Children's Court to hacking into Apple's secure network several times across the past year and accessing various systems. Among his intrusions, he downloaded over 90GB of secure data and accessed customer account information. His lawyer told the court that his client, 16, had hacked into the network because he is a fan of the company and dreamed of working there.

After Apple noticed the hack, which apparently took nearly a year, they notified the FBI. After investigating the source and determining it to have come from Australia, the FBI contacted the Australian Federal Police. The police raided the boy's parents' home and took two Apple laptops, a phone, and an additional hard drive. The boy will return to court next month for sentencing.

Apple has confirmed the account, but claims,

We ... want to assure our customers that at no point during this incident was their personal data compromised.

This seems contradictory to the pleading, however, which states that customer information was accessed by the boy. Despite Apple's seemingly cheery and firm commitment to the security of customer information, it is still in any Apple user's best interest to change their login information, just in case Apple is covering up a larger data breach. This would not be Apple's first time ignoring a breach, so better safe than sorry.

As for the teen, a hack on the company, accessing customer data and bragging about the incident on WhatsApp is likely to keep him from any career at the company.


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