In mid-2018, we talked about an Australian broke into servers Apple was able to access 90GB 1TB of files from the internal network, including customer data (although Apple has reported that no personal data has been exposed or compromised in such an incident).
The young man (who at the time of the attack was 16 years old) faced two charges related to these attacks, but eventually escaped the judge ordered parole of eight months.
At the time, we also reported that the Australian police were investigating the participation of others in these attacks all pointed to the participation of a second teenager. And indeed, that is what happened.
As highlighted by ABC, this second young man (who at the time was only 13) pleaded guilty to the various accusations of hacking Ma's servers. He used his "high level of expertise" in information technology to create fake credentials and fingerprints, which led to Apple's servers thinking he was an employee of the company.
As in the first case, his lawyer argued that the teenager had no idea how serious the situation was and thought that Apple could actually offer him a job because of his action. The lawyer then asked him to be spared a conviction as he planned to study cybersecurity and criminology at the university and a criminal record could affect his future job opportunities.
Judge David White then decided not to convict, ordering a probation of nine months on the grounds that the teenager had a good reputation at his school and that since the breakthrough, he has used his “technological talents” positively.