July 22, 2013
When Apple’s developer site went down on Thursday, the company put up a short notice saying that maintenance work was taking place. However, after 24 hours, the site was still offline, leading some to believe that it was more than just a bit of routine tinkering taking place. And they were right.
Three days after the site went down, and with developers becoming increasingly concerned about the reasons for the outage, Apple sent out an email explaining that, in fact, the site had suffered a security breach.
The message – also posted on the Member Center webpage where developers usually log in – said “an intruder” had entered the site last week in an attempt to steal personal data from registered developers. While Apple was certain in the belief that secure personal information of registered developers had not been accessed, it said it could not “rule out the possibility that some developers’ names, mailing addresses, and/or email addresses may have been accessed.”