Apple files stored by teen in 'hacky hack hack' folder

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

The boy, 16, from the southern city of Melbourne, broke into the US computer giant's mainframe from his suburban home many times over a year, The Age newspaper reported, citing statements by the teenager's lawyer in court.

The boy, who can not be identified because of his age, appeared at the Children's Court to plead guilty to the hacking. However, one Australian teenager made a decision to show he was a big fan of Apple by repeatedly breaking into the company's servers and stealing data. He reportedly developed multiple backdoors and evaded detection up until a raid on his parents' home exposed a bunch of stolen files and instructions saved in a folder very obviously named "hacky hack hack".

The court heard that he had broken into the company's mainframe a number of times a year ago and downloaded around 90 gigabytes of files before the hack was traced and he was blocked.

In a statement to the BBC, Apple said: "We vigilantly protect our networks and have dedicated teams of information security professionals that work to detect and respond to threats". "Further analysis found that the schoolboy successfully accessed authorised keys", added the report.

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He had even boasted about his exploits to others using WhatsApp.

Seeking to reassure customers after the news of repeated breaches of its network broke yesterday, Apple said that no user data was compromised in the attacks, reports Reuters.

The newspaper reports that the teen told authorities he had "dreamed of" being an Apple employee. "A mobile phone and hard drive were also seized and the IP address. matched the intrusions into the organisation". The biggest issue it has had to face was a 2014 incident in which hackers released nude celebrity images found on 50 iCloud accounts.

The boy pleaded guilty and will return to the court for sentencing in September.

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