Apple reassures customers after Australian media reports hack by teen

The teenager cannot be identified because of his young age. File pic

He also stored hacking instructions saved under the name of "Hacky hack hack" in his computer which was found after investigation.

Apple insists that no customer data was compromised.

A teen in Melbourne, Australia has hacked secure servers at Apple Inc not once, but numerous times over the course of a year.

At any rate, Australian newspaper The Age reported that the high schooler, who can't be named because he's a minor, developed "computerized tunnels and online bypassing systems" to exfiltrate the files.

The teenager repeatedly broke into Apple's mainframe because he was such a fan.

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

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He was charged after Apple contacted the FBI after becoming aware of the hack and referred it to the Australian Federal Police, who then raided his family home, finding two Apple laptops with serial numbers that matched those of the devices used in the hacking.

Apple said in a statement Friday that its teams "discovered the unauthorised access, contained it, and reported the incident to law enforcement".

The teenager allegedly also accessed customer accounts, although the size and scope of the accounts has not been made public.

The teen's defence lawyer said his client had become so well known in the global hacking community that even mentioning the case in detail could expose him to risk. The 16-year-old kid dreamt of working for Apple.

The magistrate acknowledged the teen's guilty plea and stood the matter down until next month for sentencing, due to the case's complexities. The teen accessed authorised keys to log in undetected and later on communicated about his hacking into Apple to some friends using WhatsApp.

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