Apple confirms extended Developer Center outage due to security breach, overhauling systems to prevent threat


Apple’s Dev Center has been down for over 3 days now, and it was getting worrisome.

Apple has just sent out emails to its developers to give them an update on the situation. Apple says that there was security breach on the Developer website on Thursday, and it had taken the site down to overhaul the developer systems to prevent a security threat again.

Apple notes that sensitive personal information was encrypted so it cannot be accessed, however they have not been able to rule out the possibility that “developer names, mailing addresses and email addresses may have been accessed.”

Here’s the entire text of the email that was sent to developers:

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 to Macworld that the website that was breached was not associated with any customer information. Apple has also confirmed that the attacker did not get access to app code, or to any servers where app information was stored.

Apple hasn’t provided any estimate on when the developer website will be available again, but has said that it expects it to be up soon.

We’ll update this post as soon as we get any more information.

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