Over the weekend, Apple sent out emails to its developers notifying them that an intruder attempted to snatch personal information from the company's 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," the email sent out by the Cupertino-based company explains. This same message was posted to the developer website, which remains down.
Apple's message explains that the site was taken down on Thursday as a precaution — the downtime created a stir among developers until Apple's explanation arrived — and will be undergoing some changes. "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 writes.
While the site is down, developers are unable to download relevant software such as the iOS 7 beta builds, to provision new devices for development, participate in developer forums, and more — so it's not very surprising that many developers remain upset and are criticizing Apple for waiting several days to reveal the reason for the ongoing downtime.
For regular consumers, the significance of the breach remains uncertain. Assuming that Apple didn't underestimate or understate the severity of the breach, it could be that normal folks remain unscathed.
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First published July 22 2013, 9:09 AM