Apple developer website taken offline after hacker attack

“Apple Inc.’s developer site is unavailable for software engineers after a hacker tried to steal personal information, the company said,” Bloomberg News reports.

“Apple took the website, used by programmers who write applications for iPhones, Macs and other products, offline on July 18 in order to fix the issue, the company said in a statement posted on the Internet,” Bloomberg News reports. “Developers who use the site for software downloads, documentation and engineering information could face delays in introducing their own products.”

Bloomberg News reports, “‘Having your partners get breached in a hacking attempt is a serious loss of trust for developers,’ Frank Yu, Beijing-based chief executive officer of app developer Kwestr, said in an e-mail today. ‘Apple has responded well to allay those fears.'”

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MacDailyNews Note: Apple’s statement, verbatim:

We’ll be back soon.

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.

If your program membership was set to expire during this period, it has been extended and your app will remain on the App Store. If you have any other concerns about your account, please contact us.

Thank you for your patience.

Apple’s Developer Center website is not back online.


  1. I read it was a researcher who found the security holes and notified Apple about the them, but was ignored and treated like a hacker for helping fix their problems.
    That was yesterday but all I’ve read today was it was a malicious hacker.

    1. And you read both of those reports on the Internet. Like the young lady dating that French model said, they can’t put anything on the Internet that isn’t true.

      1. It was the researcher on twitter saying he hopes he doesnt get blacklisted by Apple.
        He wouldnt have been offered a job. Apple dont like it when people point out flaws in their products, true or not

  2. Yahoo Finance: “Security researcher Ibrahim Balic believes he is the “intruder” who hacked into the Apple Developer website even though he had no malicious intent in mind and was only reporting 13 bugs on the site that he had found, reported CNET, citing a full comment and video Balic posted on YouTube.”

  3. I find it hilarious that they’re “updating [their] server software” to help fix this. What, they were running old, unupdated software? The biggest software/computer company in the world couldn’t be bothered to update their software until they got hacked? Someone should be fired. Either the copy editor in HR or the server software person.

  4. Rather worrying for me I have had an email from Apple today about how to reset my Apple ID password yet I am in no way a Developer. I have made no attempt to change my ID password. Am I the only ordinary punter to get this? Coincidence?

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