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Apple Confirms Dev Center Outage Was Due to Security Breach

If you are a registered Apple developer, then you would have definitely noticed that Apple's Dev Center has been down for about 3 days now which is pretty concerning. Apparently, developers have every right to be concerned because the Cupertino giant just confirmed that the Dev Center outage was due to a security breach.

Apple Dev Center Hacked

Apple just sent out emails to concerned developers in order to keep them up to speed with the situation at hand. In the email, Apple explains that the security breach on the Dev Center happened on Thursday and as a security measure, the company took the site down. In order to prevent this sort of scenario from happening again, Apple said that it will be overhauling its developer systems. Read the complete email below:

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.

TechCrunch offered more information straight from an Apple rep:

  • The hack only affected developer accounts; standard iTunes accounts were not compromised
  • Credit card data was not compromised
  • They waited three days to alert developers because they were trying to figure out exactly what data was exposed
  • There is no time table yet for when the Dev Center will return

We'll keep you updated with the biggest security breach this side of Apple.

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