Many questioned why Apple’s developer website has been down for the whole weekend and the company has addressed the concerns. Details about the website attack on Apple below.
Last week a hacker infiltrated Apple’s developer portal. This site is used for software downloads, documentation and engineering information, additionally it contains sensitive information such as names, mailing addresses or e-mail addresses. Apple released a statement over the weekend addresses the severity of the attack:
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.
The outage carried over to the weekend and developers are extremely frustrated for the production delays this outage has caused. Customers have been assured that their information is safe, personal customer information is encrypted and was not under attack. Apple is working however to ensure a breach like this will not occur again.