The teen who hacked a terabyte of Apple data to get hired, gets probation

The teen who hacked a terabyte of Apple data to get hired, gets probation
Remember the story about the Australian teenager who hacked what was initially thought to be 90GB of data from Apple's servers? They were found by the authorities on his laptop, under the folder with the name "‘Hacky Hack Hack Methods Exclude". 

His lawyer argued at the time that while downloading account information and other data from Apple was done intentionally, it was not with bad intentions, as the teen loved Apple products and wanted to work for the company one day. After spending a while in Apple's intranet via hacked access codes, it just became addictive for him to feel like a part of the world's richest, most successful company.

There's more to this than meets the eye, apparently, as the kid, who is now of legal age to bear the full brunt of the law, was just sentenced to eight months of probation. The sentencing papers, however, refer to no less than 1TB of data being retrieved from Apple's servers over the course of the misdeed, more than ten times higher than what was initially reported. In any case, Apple detected the intrusion way back in 2016 and shut the access, only to be hacked again by the teen and his friend a year later. 

He was then traced and his home computer snatched by Australian police and the rest is history. The offense "was sustained, sophisticated, and a successful attack on the security of a major multinational corporation," commented the judge, and the teen should be happy that he wasn't of legal age to be sentenced when the actual hacking took place.

source: Bloomberg

FEATURED VIDEO

13 Comments

1. Wickedsamaritan

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Apple don't want No smoke from an Angry convict

10. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Most secure software according to iFans. Got compromised by a 12 year old twice.

2. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I imagine what he found...

3. Papa_Ji

Posts: 827; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Another proof... Everything is cheap quality... From hardware to software each and everything part is of poor quality... Apple is known for selling cheap quality stuffs at sky high price.

4. maherk

Posts: 6767; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

They might be overpriced, but they're definitely not cheap. I never held an Apple product that felt cheap in my hand, their processors are undoubtedly the best, they're always top 3 in terms of screens and cameras. The only thing I could think of that isn't up to par, is their batteries. As for their software, tell me which OS that isn't hackable?

7. Papa_Ji

Posts: 827; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

I mean *cheap= low quality

8. maherk

Posts: 6767; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Oh really? Because I thought you meant premium high quality when you used the word cheap to describe them. If you truly believe that Apple products are cheap in terms of quality, then I feel sorry for you.

13. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 591; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Maybe he's being literal like how everything breaks/can break, hardware and software. I'm just shooting at the Moon so I could be far off with this...

9. sissy246

Posts: 7060; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Dude, stop trying so hard. I don't like apple as a company for my reasons but, their phone are not made cheap. Over priced for what you get, yes, cheapNO

12. sidis2cool4u

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

You are slipping in your own diarrhea again and agian

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3124; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Their engineers will learn a lot from this teenager.

11. gamehead unregistered

Not surprised

14. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

It's always tough in these situations: incredibly bright kid does something wrong, but almost certainly no ill intent. And that skillset he has is of incredible interest to many companies, not just Apple. If you punish the kid too much, you let go and annoy an amazing resource, but you let them off to easy and reward them, then others with worse intentions will do the same and be encouraged to do so, likely causing great damage at times because they don't fear the consequences.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.