Apple’s Developer Center website taken offline after it was breached by unknown hackers

  • Company says all sensitive information was encrypted, but some contact information could have been accessed

By Ashley Collman Daily Mail PUBLISHED:22 July 2013

Apple’s website for developers was breached by ‘an intruder’ last Thursday looking to steal personal information, the company admitted in an announcement Sunday.

Developers knew something was wrong since they hadn’t been able to access the website for three days.

The site is used as a portal for developers to manage their accounts and deal with issues surrounding their apps.

Break in: The Apple developer website was hacked Thursday and has remained down ever since Break in: The Apple developer website was hacked Thursday and has remained down ever since


The site is still down while the company works to overhaul the developer systems, update the out server software, and rebuild the entire database, an email to site users said.

The company apologized for how long the process was taking.

‘We apologize that maintenance is taking longer than expected,’ they said.

 ‘In the spirit of transparency’ Apple let site users know that while sensitive information is encoded, some personal information such as names, mailing addresses and/or email addresses may have been accessed.

Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told All Things D, that no customer information was impacted.

‘The website that was breached is not associated with customer information,’ Neumayr said. ‘Additionally, customer information is securely encrypted.’

Read the full letter Apple posted on it’s website below.


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.

If your program membership was set to expire during this period, it has been extended and your app will remain on the App Store. If you have any other concerns about your account, please contact us.

Thank you for your patience.

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