19 year old teen who hacked Apple Inc. company

An Australian boy who hacked into Apple sparking an FBI investigation has escaped conviction despite accessing the tech giant’s internal systems multiple times over two years.

The teenager who cannot be named due to his case being heard in the Children’s Court, pleaded guilting to hacking into the tech giant during two chunks of time between 2015 and 2017.

The boy’s father wiped away tears as the magistrate revealed no conviction would be recorded. Instead an eight month probation order was put in place.

The court heard the private school boy, who’s now 19, has since been accepted into university to study criminology and cyber safety.

The court had previously heard the boy was 16 when he first remotely broke into Apple’s internal systems from his suburban home. He repeated the hack on multiple occasions because he was such a fan of the company.

He downloaded 90Gb of secure files and developed computerised tunnels and online bypassing 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 titled ‘‘hacky hack hack’’.

The FBI notified the Australian Federal Police who executed a search warrant on the teen’s home.

There computers were seized with the same IP address as those which were used to hack into Apple.

The teen was later subjected to a four-hour AFP interview and he has told the court he will assist the force with their ‘‘ongoing investigation’’.

‘‘Your offending is serious, sustained and sophisticated,’’ the magisrate said.

‘‘You knew what you were doing was wrong.’’

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