Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Developer Center downtime linked to hacking attempt, Apple says

updated 08:15 pm EDT, Sun July 21, 2013

Warns developers that some info may have been stolen

The ongoing downtime of the iOS/OS X Developer Center is linked to a hacking attempt, Apple now admits. "Last Thursday, an intruder attempted to secure personal information of our registered developers from our developer website," an updated site message reads. "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," the message continues. "We apologize for the significant inconvenience that our downtime has caused you and we expect to have the developer website up again soon."

The message again reassures developers that if their memberships were about to expire during the outage, they've been extended. Any apps hosted on the App Store should also remain in place, though developers do not have access to sales statistics and other information until the Dev Center returns to normal.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

  1. Sebastien

    Registered User

    Joined: 04-29-00

    "Data exposed. Dev Center Hacked."



    Yeah, nice headline MacNN/Electronista - especially when Apple's site specifically states (and I quote YOU quoting them): "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."

    Yeah, they say info *might* have been accessed, but doesn't say it actually has, yet your "headline" purposely makes it sound like it definitively has.

  1. chas_m

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    If you could just point to the part that you can prove isn't true, I'll change it.

    PS. That's not the headline of the article, btw.

  1. Truthsayer

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 06-06-13

    What is it with Apple apologists - this is a serious issue - nothing wrong with the story, but there is obviously something wrong with Apple's security measures, so much so that they are taking drastic action to address the issue. The question is, why wasn't this action taken before their security firewalls were breached? I tells ya, there is something pathological about some Apple fans...

  1. BLAZE_MkIV

    Professional Poster

    Joined: 02-23-00

    Originally Posted by chas_mView Post

    If you could just point to the part that you can prove isn't true, I'll change it.



    This is not the proper mentality for a reporter. That is, unless you work for the Inquirer.

  1. Hillbilly Geek

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 08-22-06

    Obviously a member of the main stream media...

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    Originally Posted by TruthsayerView Post

    What is it with Apple apologists



    Whom are you talking about?

    Sebastien?

    He's a pedant, but anything BUT an Apple apologist. :rolleyes:

  1. Sanjiv Sathiah

    MacNN Staff

    Joined: 06-05-13

    And you another one - the reason your eyes are rolling is because you've forgotten to take your medication.

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    Okay, this is getting officially confusing.

    We have one of the biggest critics of Apple being called out as an Apple apologist for correcting a line in the article.
    That is, if Truthsayer was talking about Sebastien. If not, I haven't the slightest clue what his post was about, because the article certainly isn't apologist.

    I note that the person doing so was obviously knee-jerking, and now Sanjiv feels the need to call ME an apologist for siding with Sebastien?

    Is this place suddenly populated by fifteen-year-olds?

  1. Sanjiv Sathiah

    MacNN Staff

    Joined: 06-05-13

    Sincere apologies @Spheric Harlot - my teenage son took the opportunity to have some fun at my expense! You're on the money!!

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    :lol: :lol: :lol:

    All Good.

  1. DiabloConQueso

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 06-11-08

    "The question is, why wasn't this action taken before their security firewalls were breached?"

    Maybe Apple didn't know about the security holes. It's hard to take preventive action against something you don't know you should be taking preventive action against.

  1. Flying Meat

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 01-25-07

    Particularly after taking all the recommended steps to assure security.

    One of my favorite security related statements: "We're so secure we can't get anything done."

  1. chas_m

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    So, Sebastien -- now that you've (presumably) read this story:

    http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/07/22/says.he.reported.vulnerabilities.to.apple/

    Still think the leaderboard caption needs "correcting?"

  1. Sebastien

    Registered User

    Joined: 04-29-00

    Originally Posted by chas_mView Post

    PS. That's not the headline of the article, btw.

    Oh sure, now that you've taken out the graphic (edit: which I've now restored) that specifically showed this (still available on the home page now however)

    At the time this was posted, Apple had not yet acknowledged any 'cracking' or exposure of data, yet your "headline" shows foreknowledge of what transpired (things that make you go 'hmmmm' - maybe Apple should be informed of this?)

    Yes MacNN has once again prematurely published information without proper confirmation - it just got lucky that it was right (or like I said, had foreknowledge); and don't try to pretend you had a 'Scoop'.

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Plantronics Rig Surround 7.1 headset

Trying to capture the true soundscape of video games can be a daunting task. Looking to surround-sound home theater options, users hav ...

Kenu Airframe +

Simple, stylish and effective, the Kenu Aiframe + portable car mount is the latest addition to Kenu's lineup. Released earlier this ye ...

Adesso Compagno X Bluetooth keyboard

The shift from typing on physical keyboards to digital versions on smartphones and tablets hasn't been an easy for many consumers. Fro ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News