Apple Admits That Developers Website Was Hacked

Apple’s developer website has been inaccessible since Thursday last week and was rumoured to be compromised by hackers, Apple was tight lipped about it until this morning,  yesterday Apple sent an email to developers explaining that it had detected a breach on its servers on Thursday.

The hacking may have leaked the users’ names, email addresses, and mailing addresses. On Internet, some developers with accounts at the site have reported unauthorized, and repeated, password reset requests.

Here’s Apple’s full statement on the security breach:

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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