Apple developer site undergoing rebuild after intrusion

Apple developer site undergoing rebuild after intrusion

Summary: Cupertino finally gives an explanation for the extended downtime of its developer website.

TOPICS: Apple, Apps, Security

After a weekend of outage and mysterious password reset emails, Apple has revealed the cause of the extended downtime of its developer website.

"Last Thursday, an intruder attempted to secure personal information of our registered developers from our developer website," Apple said in an email sent to developers.

While Apple claimed that the site's information was encrypted, and thus unable to be accessed, the company could not rule out that developer names, mailing addresses, or email addresses were not accessed during the incident.

Apple took the site down on Thursday (US Pacific Time), and has been working to restore the site since.

"In the spirit of transparency, we want to inform you of the issue," said the company.

"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."

Apple apologised for the "significant inconvenience that our downtime has caused", but did not reveal a timeline for the rebuilt site to appear.

Topics: Apple, Apps, Security


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  • On but wait

    Apple is perfect and not susceptible to hacking! #Fail
    • If Apple were smart (yeah, right!) they wouldn't want the largest market

      share, because that's what hackers go for. That's why hackers target Android. If it were because of open source, OpenOffice would've been pulled from the internet after version 1.0
      Richard Estes
      • That's pretty ridiculous. openoffice is full of bugd

        Linux itself is rife with security holes as is apache and all jres. Sites built on those stacks are sitting ducks.
        Johnny Vegas
  • I'll be right back, just have to run to the store

    My supply of popcorn is running low.

    *munch* *munch*

    Feeling SO happy to be totally and 100% free from apple garbage. It just isn't safe.
    • I've heard that Microsoft is looking for a few good RT app developers.

      Maybe they were shopping around in Appleland.
  • Where ....

    are the Apple fanboys today?
    • not really a apply fan boy but i'll take a shot

      umm...M$ products and services suck worse than apples?! Hows that...
      • I find it quite amusing...

        ...when the Microsoft Haters out there use the dollar sign to try and insinuate that Microsoft is all about money...and nothing else.

        Really? And just how much CASH does Apple have stashed in off-shore accounts, so the IRS can't collect taxes on it?

        About USD$145 Billion...while Microsoft has about USD$50 Billion.

        Sure glad Apple isn't all about making money on its customers, and Microsoft is.
  • apple fanboys are 2 for 2

    Both bringing up Microsoft.

    apple is clearly terrified.
  • If schadenfreude is wrong, I don't want to be right

    Ubuntu Linux + MacOS = security hole big enough for a Kaiju to fit through.
    Sir Name
  • The thing that gets me....

    is that Apple lied to the Developers for two days claiming it was routine maintenance on the site. The Devs were all fuming over it. Now we find out that the site was hacked and they are completely rebuilding the site because of it. Apple could have and should have been upfront about this. I am certain the members would have had no complaints if their were told the truth. But Apple felt it had to lie. And that is the problem!
    Thomas Kolakowski
  • Apple took the site down on Thursday (US Pacific Time)

    ... using *International Date Line* time makes it look better or worse - depending on your point of view - by ONE day!
    Masters of PR.