Teenager says he hacked Apple hoping it would hire him

midian182

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In fairness to the teen, who can’t be named for legal reasons, he’d heard that Apple hired a European hacker who’d broken into its systems, so he assumed the company would also offer him a job for doing something similar.

The 17-year-old, along with another teen, hacked Apple in 2015 when he was just 13 and again in 2017 by creating false credentials to break into the company’s servers. They downloaded internal documents and data but no customer information was compromised and Apple was not harmed financially or intellectually, according to the court.

"He had no idea about the seriousness of the offence and hoped that when it was discovered that he might gain employment at this company," his lawyer, Mark Twiggs, told the Adelaide Youth Court.

Rather than being convicted, the teen was given a $500 (around $346 US) 9-month good behavior bond and was told to use his skills for good.

The accomplice in the case, who is now 19, also avoided jail, receiving an 8-month good behavior bond. It was last year reported that after a warrant was executed on the second boy’s family home, the stolen information was discovered on a hard drive in a folder called “Hacky hack hack.” His lawyers said he also dreamed of working for the Cupertino company one day—maybe applying the traditional way would be better, and certainly less risky.

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Uncle Al

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Nothing all that new .... we take convicted murderers and evolve them into police officers ..... do I see a pattern?
 

QuantumPhysics

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Apple, Microsoft and other companies usually hold hack-a-thons which reward hacking successfully.

This kid should have taken it to the next level:

hack into a government and bring it to its knees...then suggest he be the secretary of cyber defense.
 
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lipe123

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Apple, Microsoft and other companies usually hold hack-a-thons which reward hacking successfully.

This kid should have taken it to the next level:

hack into a government and bring it to its knees...then suggest he be the secretary of cyber defense.
To be fair in most cases the minister of cyber security normally doesn't know how to turn on an ipad and its 60+ years old. Really would make a lot more sense.
 
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bluetooth fairy

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When you break something (someone) in reality, they can probably isolate you from it for some time. But when you break into something in virtuality, they do also isolate you from reality (put you into jail, e.g.).

There could be reasonable prosecution for some cyber misconducts. I mean from the beginning of the investigation of a crime. It could be even more harsh to take some kind of "isolation", especially for youngsters. Like no phone, no laptop for years.

But these guys may end up being hired by the government officials instead of Cupertino' band.
 

Nobina

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Rather than being convicted, the teen was given a $500 (around $346 US) 9-month good behavior bond and was told to use his skills for good.
I don't see any better use of his skills.