Some readers may know that Apple’s Developer Site was shut down for unspecified maintenance on Friday for about 24 hours. However, Apple confirmed on Sunday that this was due to a security breach.
According to TechCrunch, who spoke with an Apple representative on the phone, basic user iTunes accounts were not accessed and credit card data was not compromised. However, the current member login for the Apple developer site confirms that an “intruder” attempted to access the site.
“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,” a message on the member login screen read. “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 waited three days after the member site was shut down so that they could offer a more educated public response to the entire situation. No specified timetable has been announced as to when the site will be back up. Furthermore, developers whose accounts were set to expire during this time have received an extension and their app will remain available to the public.
With that said, developers will be unable to download current iOS and Mac OS X SDKs for a while. Aspiring developers will be unable to sign up for a member account in the meantime.
Have you had any difficulties due to the developer site outage? Who do you think attempted to infiltrate the site?
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