A teenage hacker in Australia managed to infiltrate Apple’s computer systems and, over the course of a year, swiped 90 gigabytes of data. Following reports of the hacking incident, Apple issued a statement saying that no customer data was compromised from the repeated attacks on its network. It’s not clear what exactly he accessed.
“We…want to assure our customers that at no point during this incident was their personal data compromised,” an Apple spokesperson told Reuters. 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.
According to the original report in The Age, a 16-year-old boy from Melbourne, Australia, hacked Apple’s servers from his home several times over the past year. After Apple’s security team discovered the incident, the company reported it to the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI then handed the case to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).
Authorities ended up confiscating a pair of laptops, a mobile phone, and a hard drive during a raid on the boy’s home. The stolen data was discovered in a folder named “hacky hack hack,” according to the report.
In addition to not knowing exactly what data the boy access, it is also not clear how his hacking shenanigans were discovered. However, the report said the 16-year-old bragged about the security breach on WhatsApp.