Australian Information Security Incident Reported: August 17 2018
Apple Inc said on Friday no customer data was compromised after Australian media reported a teenager had pleaded guilty to hacking into its main computer network, downloading internal files and accessing customer accounts.
The boy, 16, from the southern city of Melbourne, broke into the U.S. computer giant’s mainframe from his suburban home many times over a year, The Age newspaper reported, citing statements by the teenager’s lawyer in court.
The teen downloaded 90 gigabytes of secure files and accessed customer accounts without exposing his identity, the paper said.
A looming change in Australia’s privacy law has led Apple to send its top privacy executives to the country twice over the last month to lobby the government against such changes. The proposed law would force tech companies to hand over their encryption keys to the Australian government.
On Friday Patently Apple posted a report titled “Australia proposed new Laws Compelling Companies like Facebook & Apple to Provide Access to Encrypted Messages.” The report noted that the new measures will be the first in an expected wave of global legislation as pressure mounts on technology companies to provide such access after several terror suspects used encrypted applications ahead of attacks. Today we’re learning that Australia’s Attorney-General will be meeting with Apple Officials this week to discuss the matter in detail.