Teen Hacks Apple, Has Excellent Folder Name

Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York

Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York

The Age said police raided the boy's home a year ago and found hacking files and instructions saved in a folder called "hacky hack hack". Following reports of the hacking incident, Apple issued a statement saying that no customer data was compromised from the repeated attacks on its network.

The boy, who can not be identified because of his age, appeared at the Children's Court to plead guilty to the hacking.

The teen, who must remain anonymous for legal reasons, was able to access Apple's servers via various methods that hid his identity.

According to statements made in court, the smartphone giant contacted the FBI when it became aware of the intrusion, and the matter was referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

An Apple spokesman said the company's information security personnel "discovered the unauthorized access, contained it, and reported the incident to law enforcement" without commenting further on the specifics of the case.

An AFP raid on the boy's home revealed two laptops with serial numbers matching those of devices which had accessed the system.

He later told police he had "dreamed of" working for Apple. A mobile phone along with a hard drive were also seized.

The Age said customer data had been accessed, and that the boy managed to obtain customers' authorised keys - their login access.

However, despite the child's claim that he was a fan of Apple and wanted to work for the company when he grows up, his defence lawyer claimed that he had acquired a reputation in the global hacking community, and even boasted about his exploits in a WhatsApp group.

The defendant has pleaded guilty and will return to court next month for sentencing.

Apple's servers are widely believed to be unhackable, and to date the company hasn't suffered any massive breach that would have exposed user data to hackers.

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