by Simon Baxendale
Apple remain one of the leading forces in technology globally – they’ve recently celebrated becoming a trillion-dollar company, and while the likes of Samsung and Huawei may have the edge on the firm in the East, there’s no denying that the West isn’t completely Apple crazy. As a result, such popularity can garner interest from some rather unsavory corners at times – and it seems that a recent hacking attempt on the firm’s corporate network fell flat, not only thanks to its methodology – but also thanks to a rather interesting folder name used during the illegal transactions.
Hacking has always been seen as a rather glamorous thing – criminal or otherwise, it’s held up in fiction as a super-sophisticated, underhanded way of sneaking in and sneaking back out with tons of hidden information. The best hackers, for good and for bad, slide away unnoticed – but the truly bad ones, of course, get caught. Hacking a multi-billion (or single-trillion) corporation for financial gain or for sheer malice is never a good idea – but then again, neither is labelling your treasure trove as ‘hacky hack hack’.
It’s being reported that an Australian teenager has this week pleaded guilty to hacking Apple’s corporate network and downloading around 90 GB of sensitive data – having accessed user information along the way – following a raid on his home with the FBI and Australian Federal Police working together in tandem. It’s thought that the would-be master-hacker discussed his exploits via instant messaging – and yes, he did indeed label a folder on his own device as ‘hacky hack hack’. Let’s face it – while it wasn’t advisable to commit such a crime in the first place, that kind of label is taking matters a step or two beyond rationale.
It’s thought that the unnamed teen will be facing sentencing soon, and it therefore serves as a cautionary tale to anyone hoping to slide into Apple’s files and to take a few big slices of data – chances are, you’re going to get caught – and when you do, labelling your folder full of evidence ‘hacky hack hack’ is only going to cement your likely guilt even further. While there are good hackers and there are hackers for crime – it’s safe to say that the majority will agree this move was a spectacular own goal – and that this would-be data ninja’s dreams of working for the firm have been astronomically dashed.