Jul 22 2013, 4:03am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
For many days the outage at Apple had really vexed its developer community. After much dilly dallying Apple finally came out with the truth. According to the message posted in lieu of the site by Apple, an intruder had done all he could to gather personal information by hacking the site. Moreover, it was feared that some of the names and email addresses had been compromised in the process. Since Apple didn’t want to keep its clientele in the dark it was telling them all this. The experts at Apple had been working like crazy to get rid of this glitch in the system. In order to avoid any such future mishap, the team was overhauling its systems.
The developer portal has forums, API documentation and much more on it. Before this the developers had headed out to Twitter to complain about Apple as well as the weather which was blamed for the delay. But now it is clear that a hacker is the real culprit behind the whole mess. However, Apple first confirmed that no customer information was compromised. Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told AllThingsD that “The website that was breached is not associated with any customer information. Additionally, customer information is securely encrypted.” But now the company admits that hackers might get access to developers personal information. This assault has come at the very moment when Apple is looking forward to releasing its iOS and OS X. There are further concerns among the developer community that maybe this points towards an even greater security issue in the structure of Apple.
"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.
Thank you for your patience. "
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