An Australian man has been fined A$5,000 and 18 months of observation for extracting employee data from Apple’s servers and posting them on Twitter. Abe Crannaford, 24, appeared in Eden Local Court on Wednesday to face sentencing after pleading guilty in February to two counts of unauthorized access to or modification of restricted data, bega regional news reports said.
In mid-2017 and early 2018, Crannaford extracted limited employee-only information from the large U.S.-based company. The hack came to a climax in January 2018 when Crannaford posted employee information on his Twitter account and allegedly provided a link to the company’s firmware on GitHub.
Magistrate Doug Dick fined him $5,000, but instead of sentencing Him, he was given an 18-month observation period that would result in an additional $5,000 fine if he violated the rules during the period.
Ines Chiumento, Crannaford’s defense attorney, argued that Apple’s reward for hackers looking for vulnerabilities and bugs through its bounty program had in some ways contributed to the hacking. Prosecutors acknowledged Apple’s reward program, but said Crannaford repeatedly hacked into the site and shared restricted data with others, and that Apple’s concept of reward ran counter to Crannaford’s actions.