An Australian teenager pleaded guilty to charges of hacking into Apple’s secure systems and said that he was a fan of the technology giant and hoped to work there one day, the media reported.
The 16-year-old boy is facing criminal charges after the technology giant called in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
“The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, broke into Apple’s mainframe from his suburban home on multiple occasions over a year because he was such a fan of the company, according to his lawyer,” The Age reported late on Thursday.
The teenager, who studies in a private school, reportedly stored the saved information in a folder titled “hacky hack hack”.
He was able to access authorized keys, view customer accounts and download 90GB of secure files before being caught.
“The teen’s defence lawyer said his client had become so well known in the international hacking community that even mentioning the case in detail could expose him to risk,” the report added.
Ahead of the launch of Apple’s streaming service, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has said his company will not integrate its services with the upcoming platform.
“Apple’s a great company. (But) we want to have people watch our content on our service, and so we have chosen not to integrate into their services,” Hastings said at a press event here on Monday.
The comment precedes Apple’s impending formal announcement to take a deep-dive into the competitive technology-driven world of over-the-top (OTT) entertainment with a set of its own original shows, as well as plans to resell other subscription services like Starz and Showtime as part of its service.
Asked how Netflix can compete with companies like Apple and Amazon that have deep pockets, Hastings said: “With difficulty.”
“You do your best job when you have great competitors. They do a good job, I am going to be envious. They are going to come up with great ideas, I am going to want to borrow those…
“We will make this a great industry if we have great competitors and those companies will be amazing competitors in addition to the ones that we have now,” Hastings told reporters here.
Talking specifically on the competition with Amazon, Hastings said: “For the last 20 years, we have grown. We have got many competitors. We have been competing with Amazon for many years. They are reported to be spending $4-5 billion a year or so on content.
“We spend about twice that. Now, new companies are coming… There’s Disney+, WarnerMedia.
“They (the parent companies) have been in the business for a long time, and we compete with all kinds of entertainment time already. Sometimes we think of YouTube as a great partner, sometimes as a competitor. It’s the same with all of these,” he added.
“Our success doesn’t determine their success. And what matters is to do amazing content that people love watching and sharing,” Hastings noted.
Apple is gearing up for its mega event on March 25 at the Steve Jobs theatre on its Cupertino, California-based campus, during which the tech giant is expected to announce its much-awaited video streaming service. (IANS)