A 16-year-old Australian student broke into Apple network several times over an entire year. He hacked about 90GB of “Secure” information for a year. He hacked into Apple’s network from his house in Australia using the tools and info stored on his PC.
According to the Australian media report, the student accessed the Apple customer accounts also. Apple in the recent press release stated that student did not “compromise” personal data.
So how did this guy infiltrate into Apple’s network? Reports mention that the student used virtual private networking [VPN] tools.
If you are not familiar with VPNs, it is actually a secure “tunnel” across the internet. In VPNs all the data are encrypted and transferred. They are typically impenetrable by the most of highly experienced hackers. It can be used for personal use as well.
Over the past year, he accused the Apple’s systems and stole highly secure “Authorised keys” for logging customer accounts.
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Apple figured out what was going on, and blocked his access and filed a complaint to the FBI. By using the student’s physical location, FBI tacked his location and issued a warrant against him in 2017.
“At Apple, we vigilantly protect our networks and have dedicated teams of information security professionals that work to detect and respond to the threats,” Apple’s email sent to The Guardian. “In this case, our teams discovered the unauthorised access, contained it, and reported the incident to law enforcement.”
What’s really strange about this case is that he hacked into Apple system because he was a huge “fan” of the company and also said to the police that working for Apple was his dream job.