Australian teenager hacks Apple servers for over a year, siphons 90 GB of data

Australian teenager hacks Apple servers for over a year, siphons 90 GB of data
In this day and age, when all of our sensitive data is uploaded to a cloud server somewhere, security is extremely important. Major tech companies often beat their chests, touting superior systems that ensure user privacy. Apple is at the forefront, always choosing to protect customer data, even when pressured by the government to do otherwise.

But you know — whatever can be reached over the 'Net will sooner or later get hacked. In today's news, we have an Australian teenager — a 16-year-old prodigy — who found a way to hack into Apple's systems not once, but multiple times over a year. In the end, Apple called the FBI who, in turn, contacted the Australian Federal Police. The teen's home was raided and the siphoned files were found in a folder on his computer called — get this — "hacky hack hack".

Now, what exactly was stolen? The report goes as far as to say that there were 90 GB of secure files and customer account information on the hard drive. Apparently, the teen found a way to access a number of supposedly secure "authorized keys", meant to grant user access to Apple's systems. At the time of this writing, there's no information on whether or not you should be concerned about changing your iCloud password or blocking any credit cards.

Update: we reached out to Apple and the company was quick to inform us that no personal data has been compromised. Full statement is copied at the end of this article

According to the teen's lawyer, there was no malicious intent behind the hacks. The coder was simply a huge fan of Apple and was even hoping to work at the company one day. Well, you can't deny that they have Cupertino's attention now!

The defendant has plead guilty and is awaiting sentencing due next month.

What's the main takeaway here? When companies tout great security, they usually mean it, we are not denying that. But still, the Internet is the Internet, and there are some very, very smart people out there. Be careful with what you keep in the cloud, always enable two-factor authentication, and always have a Plan B — even if you have to nuke every password and registered credit card.

Apple's statement on the matter:



source: TheAge via Tech2

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54 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

16 years old?! I'm not even mad, I'm impressed.

31. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Depends on the method, if it was really hacking by then very impressive. If it was a phishing success then I'd just be disappointed at Apple.

3. peace247 unregistered

that guy deserves to work at apple.

4. yobolegend

Posts: 53; Member since: Sep 14, 2016

genius boy maybe will hire by the government counter-hacker

5. Zylam

Posts: 1823; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Nice, he'll probably get a job with the government.

32. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

You mean with Apple.

6. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Impressed. Apple should hire him. As always nothing is 100% hack proof on this planet “Earth”. And if the hacker has motivation to hack, the hacker will definitely hack it.

48. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1475; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

It's noteworthy though that it's once again Apple that doesn't have its security in order. And no personal data being stolen my ass, Apple probably doesn't have a clue yet what he actually got a hold off. Apple, biggest joke of the tech world.

7. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Took a year to figure out and stop lol Update to the update, it still took a year to stop, experts were in control the whole time, 90GB WORTH huh lol.

20. lyndon420

Posts: 6883; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Wouldn't be surprised if some of these security experts lose their jobs over this - a year is a long time. And did this kid create copies of this information and share it with anyone else??

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4333; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Security is a marketing term only when it comes to network connected devices.

9. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

WHAT!!!!!!!!!! But but apple can't be hacked. Oh well, just proves nothing is unhackable. It doesn't matter what phone or company, it can be hacked, it just takes the right person and this kid was him. And a year to find it, wow

10. afrohoxha

Posts: 264; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

"The report goes as far as to say that there were 90 GB of secure files and customer account information on the hard drive." Apple: "...no personal data has been compromised". So just having unauthorized access to it is not e big deal...

11. BullDozer

Posts: 159; Member since: Dec 18, 2015

LOL. Even a kid can easily hack Apple's systems.

13. NateDiaz

Posts: 1092; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

You should try too, kid.

23. lyndon420

Posts: 6883; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

This comment of yours gives the impression that you're upset. Is this an accurate assumption?

27. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Your comment implies you’re a troll. Is that an accurate assumption?

35. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Better ask that thing to yourself. Lol

37. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

+100,000,000

36. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMAO, troll calling someone a troll.

38. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Yes sissy246, you are a troll calling someone a troll. Your point is?

40. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Awww, my friend You are a well known troll and have no room to call others a troll.

41. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

You and darkidiot are two of the biggest trolls, followed closely by that lyn420 freak. Regardless, hopefully the biggest troll got banned, that racist piece of sh!t derek jeter.

42. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

At least we can agree on that, racist people need to be banned. We are all humans , doesn't matter the color of our skin or where we are from.

44. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Agreed, plus 1000 for that comment.

45. lyndon420

Posts: 6883; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Hey there you are!! We've been waiting for you lol. My comment was tailored just for you. We all know how much you love to use the T word, and you've been waiting for an opening to use it, so I took it upon myself to invite you in when no one else wanted to. You're welcome :)

47. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 970; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Like watching children argue.

16. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Just because he did it doesn't make it easy.

26. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

But he was a 16 year old kid. "Easy" enough for a kid, who has zero IT training, who gained access to a server, which was setup my an IT professional who went to school for at last 4 years. Yeah, by definition, is a 16 year old kid gained access, it was most certainly "easy". It's easy for a person who knows what they are doing. Hacking in general isn't "easy" for the average person. But he isn't average!

43. NateDiaz

Posts: 1092; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

You don't know the meaning of prodigy for sure.

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