Apple’s Developer Website Was Hacked, System Overhaul

Posted on Jul 22 2013 - 11:44am by Editorial Staff


According to an email sent out to developers, Apple shared that its days-long Developer Center outages were due to a security breach although the company confirmed that no servers storing customer information have been breached out. The company further shares that it will be undertaking an overhaul of its security systems although the site will remain down.

Apple confirmed that “an intruder” attempted to secure personal information about developers who have been registered with the site, but since the information is encrypted, it can’t be done. The company also confirmed that the intruders also not able to gain access to servers storing app information.

Result of massacre, a notice was put on Friday saying that the Developer Center website was taken offline on Thursday with an extended maintenance was taking place. Also, the places where developers are allowed to discuss issues were also offline.

Here is the full text of the email:

We’ll be back soon.

Last Thursday, an intruder attempted to secure personal information of our registered developers from our developer website. Sensitive personal information was encrypted and cannot be accessed, however, we have not been able to rule out the possibility that some developers’ names, mailing addresses, and/or email addresses may have been accessed. In the spirit of transparency, we want to inform you of the issue. We took the site down immediately on Thursday and have been working around the clock since then.

In order to prevent a security threat like this from happening again, we’re completely overhauling our developer systems, updating our server software, and rebuilding our entire database. We apologize for the significant inconvenience that our downtime has caused you and we expect to have the developer website up again soon.

If your program membership was set to expire during this period, it has been extended and your app will remain on the App Store. If you have any other concerns about your account, please contact us.

Thank you for your patience.

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