An Australian teenager has been guilty of hacking into the main computer network of technology giant Apple, downloading large internal files and accessing client accounts because he was a fan of the company, the local media reported.
The boy, 16, from Melbourne City, broke many times in a year the mainframe of the United States from his home in the suburbs, The newspaper The Age reported, statements by the lawyer of the teen in court.
The teenager downloaded 90 gigabytes of protected files and missing client accounts without exposing his identity.
When Apple knew about the break-in, it contacted the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, which referred the matter to the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the newspaper said, with statements made in court.
The AFP rejected a Reuters request for comment on the ground that the case was in court.
An Apple representative in Austra lia was not immediately available for comment.
The report reported that an AFP raid in the boy's home produced two laptops, a mobile phone, and a hard drive that corresponded to Apple's breach.
The sensitive documents were stored in a folder called "hack hack hack", the report adds.
According to the report, the boy had been bragging about his activities on the mobile messaging service WhatsApp.
The boy's name could not be made public because he was a juvenile offender – the report said the boy would be sentenced next month.
(Reporting by Byron Kaye; Editing by Leslie Adler)
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