Apple's developer site was hacked; customer information is safe

Apple on Sunday emailed developers and informed them of a security breach on Apple's developer site this past Thursday.

A funny thing happened to Apple's Developer Center over the last few days. It was down. And stayed down. And though Apple put up a message on the developer website indicating that things would be back to normal soon, no one quite knew what was going on.

Until now.

Apple on Sunday emailed developers and informed them that there was a security breach on Apple's developer site this past Thursday.

The full message reads:

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.

Apple noted in messages to news outlets like All Things D that no customer information was located in any of the databases that were breached, adding that such customer information is encrypted.

Further, Jim Darlympe of The Loop was able to talk to Apple and gleaned the following information:

It’s also important to note that the hacker did not get access to any app code or even the servers where the app information was stored. The hacker also did not get access to any credit card information.

The only thing that the hacker could have gotten access to was the names, email addresses and mailing addresses of the developers. At this point, Apple doesn’t know if the hacker even managed to see that information. Worst case, that is all the information they would have seen, according to Apple.

Lastly, it's worth noting that if your Apple developer account was slated to end sometime between Thursday and Sunday, Apple will be extending the membership for the length of time the developer center remains out of commission.

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