Melbourne teenager hacked into Apple’s secure computer network, court said

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A private Melbourne schoolboy who repeatedly broke into Apple’s secure computer systems faces criminal charges after the tech giant called the FBI.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, broke into Apple’s mainframe from his suburban home several times over a year because he was a huge fan of the company, according to his lawyer.

A customer walks into the Apple Store. The company was “very sensitive to the publicity” surrounding the case, the court said.Credit:PA

Juvenile court learned on Thursday that it had downloaded 90 GB of secure files and accessed customer accounts.

His misdemeanor from the age of 16 saw him developing computer tunnels and online bypass systems to hide his identity until a raid on his family home uncovered a litany of hacking files and instructions all saved in a folder called “hacky hack hack”.

The teenager’s defense attorney said his client has become so well known in the international hacking community that even mentioning the case in detail could put him at risk.

The Crown attorney also admitted that Apple was “very sensitive to publicity.”

Illustration: Matt Golding

Illustration: Matt Golding

Australian Federal Police executed a search warrant at the teenager’s home last year, the court said.

“Two Apple laptops were seized and the serial numbers matched the serial numbers of devices that accessed internal systems,” a prosecutor said.

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