Aussie teen avoids jail over Apple hack

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Aussie teen avoids jail over Apple hack

Eight months probation thanks to contrition, youth at time of probe.

The Melbourne teenager who pleaded guilty to hacking Apple’s main computer network has avoided jail time over the offence.

The teen – who cannot be identified for legal reasons – was sentenced to eight months probation at the Children’s Court in Melbourne on Thursday.

The Herald Sun reported that Magistrate Mia Stylianou took into account the teen's early plea and demonstration of remorse.

His age was also a factor in avoiding jail, with the offence committed when the teen was 16-years-old.

The teenager pleaded guilty to charges relating to hacking into Apple’s main computer network last month.

He is said to have downloaded 90 gigabytes of secure files and accessed customer accounts without exposing his identity from his home many time over a year.

The sensitive documents were saved in a folder called “hacky hack hack” and boasted about his activities on the mobile messaging service WhatsApp, according to an initial report by The Age.

Apple has previously said that no customer data was compromised after discovering, containing and reporting the unauthorised access to the FBI.

The Herald Sun also reported AFP investigations into the matter were continuing with the assistance the teen – now 19 years of age and studying cyber safety and criminology.

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