The teenager can not be named for legal reasons. He reportedly developed multiple backdoors and evaded detection up until a raid on his parents' home exposed a bunch of stolen files and instructions saved in a folder very obviously named "hacky hack hack".
The teen's lawyer says his client's motivation was an infatuation with Apple: the boy did it "because he was such a fan of the company" and hoped to work there some day.
So why did the teen hack Apple? According to The Age, Apple reported the teen to the FBI after detecting external access, and U.S. authorities then alerted Australian Federal Police, which obtained a warrant to raid the teen's family home previous year.
"At Apple, we vigilantly protect our networks and have dedicated teams of information security professionals that work to detect and respond to threats", a spokesman said.
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We've never heard that Apple laptops transmit their serial numbers to Apple over the internet.
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.
The teen was arrested previous year and pleaded guilty in a juvenile court. A mobile phone along with a hard drive were also seized.
The newspaper reports that the teen told authorities he had "dreamed of" being an Apple employee.
He'll likely have to wait a bit to see if that ever comes to pass: following his plea of 'guilty, ' his sentencing has been stood down until next month, and the charges could keep him on ice for a good while.