Teen hacked Apple hoping the company would offer him a job

It’s probably not the best method for starting your career.

Jon Fingas, 2h ago

If you were a teen hoping to land a job at a tech giant, how would you go about it? Plan your education and hope you eventually land an internship? An Australian had another, less conventional method.

The teen hacked Apple and pleaded guilty while admitting that he hoped this would land him a job at the iPhone maker. He’d heard that Apple hired a European who’d done the same thing, and had assumed that a job was waiting for him the moment he was discovered. Clearly, law enforcement had other ideas.

Thankfully, this doesn’t appear to be the early end to his career. Like his partner in the hacks, the teen won’t face a conviction – instead, he’s on a $500 AUD (about $346 US) good behavior bond for nine months. He was 13 when he started the hacks, and the magistrate in the case believed testimony that the teen had been using his technological powers for good since then. He hoped to study digital security and criminology at university, and wasn’t relishing the thought of a hacking conviction staining his record.

As for Apple? A spokesperson didn’t comment on the case itself in a statement to Australia’s ABC. Instead, it stressed that its staff “vigilantly protect” company networks, and “contained” the hacks before reporting them to police. No one’s personal data was exposed, Apple said. Despite the follies of youth, the teen may just have to do well in school, land the right jobs and make a few connections – like anyone else.

What he should have done is detail the company weakness and inform them confidentiality hapo wangempea job otherwise hiring him after that would just encourage millions of tech experts attempting to break into their networks and a dozen of them are bound to get in.

Why do that for free?

Think of it as a job application with 95% success rate. If you highlight a weak flaw in a companies tech system in a confidential manner, they WILL give you a job. Many people propably do this but they can’t talk about it publicly because just the news of a company having had a weak system is very damaging to company reputation ata kama ot was non malicious.

When we give villains star roles in our churches on Sunday, every Sunday, we send the wrong message to our sunday school children.

do it for the job he craved and a chance to work in a high-tech environment.

it is called bug bounty. find a flaw, inform them, they fix it and they pay you. Google has an active bug bounty program.

That teen has already been booked by tens of tech companies, such talent can’t go to waste.