Teenage hacker hoping to work for Apple broke into the company's secure network

Anthony Cuthbertson
The 16-year-old hacker from Melbourne broke into Apple's mainframe several times: REUTERS

A 16-year-old boy from Melbourne, Australia, has admitted to hacking into Apple's main computer network and downloading sensitive files.

Apple said on Friday that no customer data had been compromised, despite the teenager accessing more than 90 gigabytes of data.

The hacker, whose name cannot be made public due to his age, stored the secure documents in a folder called "hacky hack hack", according to a report in The Age newspaper that cited statements by the teenager's lawyer.

Apple said information security personnel at the company “discovered the unauthorised access, contained it, and reported the incident to law enforcement” without commenting further on the specifics of the case.

A spokesperson for Apple added: “We ... want to assure our customers that at no point during this incident was their personal data compromised."

After discovering the intrusion, Apple contacted the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), who referred the case to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

The AFP carried out a raid on the teenager's suburban home, seizing two laptops, a hard drive and a mobile phone.

A prosecutor said: "The serial numbers [of the laptops] matched the serial numbers of the devices which accessed the internal systems... A mobile phone and hard drive were also seized and the IP address... matched the intrusions into the organisation.

“The purpose was to connect remotely to the company’s internal systems.”

Apple CEO Steve Jobs delivers the keynote address at the 2004 Worldwide Developers Conference June 28, 2004 in San Francisco, California (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Following the raid, the boy reportedly told police that he "dreamed" of working for Apple when he was older.

Messages on the seized phone revealed the boy had boasted about hacking Apple to contacts on the WhatsApp messaging service.

The boy pleaded guilty to hacking into Apple's internal network, downloading files and accessing accounts, and will face sentencing on 20 September.

Additional reporting from agencies.