Apple Developer Website Hacked

Apple Developer Site Homepage | Official Website

Apple Developer Site Homepage | Official Website

Last week, Apple reported that their developer site was hacked. Because of this, the company shut down the website while investigating the matter. They are also working to “completely overhaul” the system to prevent future attacks. In a statement released by the company, they say:

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 address, 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.

Apple’s developer website provides development tools, documentation and advanced developer versions of their unreleased software. This includes iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks. The site’s content is only available to registered developers who work with the company under a Non-Disclosure Agreement. However, additional developer resources outside of the site remain available.

It’s a no-brainer that the developer site’s unavailability has proven inconvenient for its users, especially to those who are accessing the company’s resources. This includes documentation, advanced developer seeds, and secure messaging system that enable them to communicate with the developers from other companies.

The issue is also a disruption for Apple, as they are working on to complete major updates for their mobile and desktop operating system this fall. Additionally, a new version of the Xcode is in the works.

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