Apple says teen who hacked its network didn’t compromise customer data

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

But it's even worse when a teenager makes off with 90GB of ostensibly secure files from Apple, a $1 trillion tech company that prides itself on the security of its products, and that appears to be exactly what happened past year.

When Apple became aware of the intrusion it contacted the FBI, which referred the matter to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

According to his lawyer, the teen broke into Apple's systems repeatedly because he was an ardent fan of the trillion-dollar company.

"We regard the data security of our users as one of our greatest responsibilities and want to assure our customers that at no point during this incident was their personal data compromised". The hacker in question managed to download 90 gigabytes of secure files. They also found a trove of hacking files and instructions saved in a folder the teen had labeled "hacky hack hack".

While the attacker tried to hide his identity, Apple was able to identify the serial numbers of the laptops used to perform the attacks, and that's how the investigation led to Australia.

Apple added that its security team "discovered the unauthorized access, contained it, and reported the incident to law enforcement", but the spokesperson did not provide any further details.

The teenager allegedly also accessed customer accounts, although the size and scope of the accounts has not been made public.

According to The Age, the teen had boasted about his activities in WhatsApp messages.

The report claims that the teenager is well-known in the hacking community and had used VPNs and other tools to avoid being detected by Apple and authorities. The suspect has pleaded guilty, The Age said, and Reuters reported that he will be sentenced on September 20.

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