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The Australian teenager gets 8 months probation for hacking Apple0's corporate network

An Australian teenager who has obtained unauthorized access to Apple's corporate network has been sentenced to eight years probation for his crimes, including the collection of about a terabyte of sensitive data from corporate servers.

As planned, the teenager in Melbourne, who was not named because he was a minor at the time of the crime, received the conviction on Thursday.

The now adult defendant faced two charges in connection with hacking: one with a maximum penalty of two years in custody and another with a maximum penalty of one year. He made a guilty plea in August.

During the proceedings, a magistrate told the Children's Court that the crimes committed by the accused were "serious, durable and refined", Bloomberg.

Over the course of two years, the defendant conducted a series of attacks on Apple's internal systems, using highly protected "authorized keys" and software to gain remote access to offsite servers. Apple's security personnel eventually discovered the intrusion and informed the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, which handed the case to the Australian Federal Police.

A raid on the house in the boy's suburb last year yielded two Apple laptops, a mobile phone and a hard drive dealing with the hack. In total, almost one terabyte of secured files and customer data was stolen, a number of which ended up in a file with the name "hack hack hack."

Apple said in a statement that no customer information had been compromised because of the attack.

In previous reports, the teenager was described as an Apple fan who dreamed of working for the company one day.

© Appleinsider

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