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The stories of people hacking into servers of tech biggies to draw their attention for positive or negative reasons are not new. The latest such hack was masterminded by a schoolboy who made his way into Apple’s servers.

While Apple states that no customer data was compromised, this incident cannot be ignored as a minor one as the teenager successfully broke into Apple’s mainframe – a large, powerful data processing system. He pulled this off from his home in the suburbs of Melbourne and downloaded 90GB of secure files.

The young hacker, then aged 16, accessed the system multiple times over a year.

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According to a statement from Apple, its teams “discovered the unauthorised access, contained it, and reported the incident to law enforcement”. The tech giant reassures customers that “at no point during this incident was their personal data compromised”.

You will be surprised to know that the teenagers’ act triggered an international investigation launched after the discovery involving the FBI and the Australian Federal Police.

While it is unclear whether the teenager hacked Apple earnestly to reveal a loophole in security, investigators have no comment on this matter far. The hacker, who had pleaded guilty, used hacking files that were found on his system. He had saved hacking instructions in a folder named “hacky hack hack”!