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Apple's developer centre hacked

  • 22 July 2013
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Apple today admitted its Developer Centre website has been hacked and that some sensitive information could have been stolen.

The site has been down since Thursday, leaving some developers frustrated after a complete lack of communication from the Cupertino company.

That lack of communication ended today with an email sent to developers, which said hacker(s) attempted to secure personal information from the developer website.

Apple however said in the statement “sensitive” personal information on the site is encrypted and cannot be accessed, and that information associated with customers of its products was not affected.

Despite this, Apple's engineers "could not rule out the possibility" that developer names, mailing addresses and email addresses may have been accessed.

Apple said following the attack that it is overhauling its developer systems, updating software and rebuilding the entire developer database.

The site is currently still down at the time of writing, and there is no indication of when the site will be back up.

The email to developers reads:

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.
Apple told Macworld that the breached server was not associated with any customer information and that all personal information is encrypted -- additionally, the attackers did not get access to any app code or to any servers where app information is stored.

The current iteration of the website looks like this:

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