The 16-year-old boy from Melbourne, hacked the US computer giant’s mainframe from his home many times over a year, The Age newspaper reported.
Australian media reported that this boy had pleaded guilty to hacking into its main computer network, accessing customer accounts and downloading internal files. He downloaded 90 gigabytes of secure files and accessed customer accounts without exposing his identity. This data was saved in a folder called “hacky hack”, the report said.
Apple contacted the US Federal Bureau of Investigation when it became aware of the intrusion, quoting statements made in court. The FBI then referred the matter to the Australian Federal Police.
A spokesman from Apple said the company’s information security personnel “discovered the unauthorised access, contained it, and reported the incident to law enforcement” without commenting further on the specifics of the case. “We want to assure our customers that at no point during this incident was their personal data compromised,” the spokesman said.