Apple developer site hacked, some info may have been exposed

By , Jul 21, 2013

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On Friday, we noted that Apple’s developer center—where it hosts downloads, documentation and other resources—had been down for a record 48 hours. Well here it is Sunday, and the dev portal appears to still be out of commission.

At first, the company was mum on the outage, saying only that it was sorry that “maintenance was taking longer than expected,” and that it would make up for the lost time. But today, it broke the silence, announcing it has been hacked…

Here’s the email Apple has been sending out to developers this afternoon (via AllThingsD):

“Apple Developer Website Update

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 has confirmed with Macworld that the breached server was not associated with any customer info and that all personal information is encrypted. Additionally, it says the attackers did not have access to app code or servers with app data.

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  • http://sciencedem.blogspot.com editor

    Might this in any way affect the iOS7 beta release timetable?

    • Siddharth Desai

      Unless the overhaul is completed within the next few hours, it will be highly possible for it to be delayed somewhat.

      • pauleebe

        I’m sure beta 4 is ready, or will be ready between tomorrow or the following monday.

        But clearly the distribution platform being disturbed will affect this.

        BUT, Updates can be issued OTA … so that can bypass the developer center altogether.

      • MarcPhilippeB

        let’s hope so!

  • Roger Riekki

    Oh shit.

  • wonderboydave

    not surprised. a lot of tech companies will go through this one time or another.

  • Dontwannaknow

    Nothing is secure in this world. The power of tech is damn dangerous.

  • MarcPhilippeB

    Hopefully it won’t affect the beta 4 release.

    • http://sciencedem.blogspot.com editor

      Crossing my fingers it will be released Monday OTA

      • MarcPhilippeB

        me too!

    • Ryan James Christensen

      If it’s still down you can probably get it OTA

  • Kenny Woodard

    Some people really are lowlifes.

  • Guest

    “completely overhauling our developer systems, updating our server software, and rebuilding our entire database.” Wow, something Sony definitely should learn

    • Josh

      If you’re talking about the PSN hack of 2011, that was 2 years ago, I’m pretty sure it’s secure now. If you’re talking about PSN in general, I couldn’t agree more, but because Sony don’t charge for online access, their resources for keeping PSN running well are limited.

  • hardlord999

    it works as usual
    there’s no such message

  • 5ingularity

    “completely overhauling our developer systems, updating our server
    software, and rebuilding our entire database.” Wow, something Sony should learn, however i hope the dev portal will not be down for as long PSN was.

  • Gorgonphone

    I hope they deleted the entile UI file system so ive will be forced to re do it properly

  • abdullah575

    IOS 7 beta 4 will be tommorw !!!

  • Leviscus Tempris

    I bet this has something to do with “larger than jailbreak” hint hint

  • Parth Patel

    Why would anyone hack dev center ? To steal apps or what ?

    • Ryan James Christensen

      Attempt to steal credit card information and info about devices and such

  • Ryan Brady Rish

    Wow, gotta thank them for transparency.

  • Steve Jobs

    Hey … I’m Steve Jobs ! How you doin’ ?