A 16-year-old Australian teenager who repeatedly hacked Apple servers over a period of two years has evaded jail. He is set to serve a probation period of 8 months.
As reported earlier by Fossbytes, the teenager, who cannot be named owing to privacy concerns, hacked Apple servers between June 2015 and April 2017. He stored the collected ‘sensitive’ data in a folder named ‘hacky hack hack.’
The hacker has pleaded guilty and no conviction has been recorded against him after charges were pressed by FBI and Australian Federal Police. The magistrate who announced the verdict said, “Your offending is serious. It was sustained, sophisticated, and a successful attack on the security of a major multinational corporation.”
The court considered the fact that the culprit has got himself enrolled in a University where he is pursuing criminology and cyber safety course.
The teenager is accused of downloading 90TB of files from Apple servers including customer accounts. He managed to grab hold of “authorized keys” which could allow access to user accounts.
After the incident, Apple told The Guardian that no personal data has been compromised, and their security professionals responded to the threat posed by the hacker.