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Apple Confirms Developer Website Hacked

by Roy Choi | July 21, 2013July 21, 2013 6:30 pm PST

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Apple today confirmed its Developer Center website was hacked by unknown individuals Thursday and was shutdown as a precaution.

Apple stated that all personal information was “encrypted and cannot be accessed.” However the company is unsure if developer names, emails and addresses may have been obtained.  The email to developers states:

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.

Additionally, Apple confirmed to Macworld the breach did not compromise any customer information (e.g., iTunes, AppStore accounts, app information).

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Roy Choi is a Southern California native. He has been infatuated with technology reviews ever since he bought his first crummy laptop in the summer...