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A Teenager Hacked Apple Twice Hoping The Company Would Give Him A Job

If you want to impress a company, hacking them probably isn’t the way to go. Unfortunately, that’s the exact tactic one Australian teenager used in 2015 and 2017. Recently, the 17-year-old was sentenced to nine months probation by a judge who encouraged him to use his talents “for good,” Business Insider reported . The teenager originally hacked Apple’s mainframe with the help of another teenager when he was 13-years-old. Using his “high level of expertise,” he created false credentials to break into the server where he downloaded internal documents and data, according to the Australian Broadcasting Network . Apple alerted the FBI after the company detected a breach. As a result, the Australian Federal Police ended up raiding the boy’s home. Gizmodo Australia reported that police discovered 90GB of files in a folder titled “hacky hack hack.” “We regard the data security of our users as one of our greatest responsibilities and want to assure our customers that at no point during this...

May 28, 2019

An Australian Man Won A Lawsuit After Being Fired For Refusing To Provide Fingerprints

In February 2018, Jeremy Lee — an Australian man — was fired from his job after he refused to use the company’s new fingerprint scanners to sign in and out of work. Now, Lee has won a groundbreaking appeal against his former employer, Superior Wood Pty Ltd. Lee filed a suit with Australia’s Fair Work Commission, alleging that he had been unfairly fired. According to Business Insider , the commissioner who originally reviewed the case sided with Superior Wood: “Lee filed a suit with Australia’s Fair Work Commission in March 2018, claiming he was unfairly dismissed from the company. The commissioner reviewing the case in June ruled in favor of Superior Wood, concluding that the fingerprinting policy was reasonable and therefore employees were obliged to comply.” However, Lee decided to appeal the decision. His claim centered around appealing to privacy laws, by stating nobody could force him to give up his biometric data. According to the court document : “At the heart of the matter...

May 22, 2019

A New Bill In Australia Is Proposing Prison Time For Social Media Executives Over Violent Content

Recently, the Australian government introduced a tough new bill to “prevent the weaponizing of social media platforms” by holding social media executives responsible for violent content on their platforms. Under the proposed law, social media platforms that fail to “expeditiously” remove “abhorrent violent material” (such as terrorism, murder, and rape) are subject to punishment. This can include a fine amounting to 10 percent of the companies’ annual earnings and executives could also be imprisoned for up to three years. In a press release , Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: “Big social media companies have a responsibility to take every possible action to ensure their technology products are not exploited by murderous terrorists. It should not just be a matter of doing the right thing. It should be the law.” Any platforms who become aware of violent content on their sites are required to notify the Australian Federal Police. If they don’t, they could face fines up to...

Apr 1, 2019