22 Jul 2013
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Hacked off Apple to overhaul developer systems

Apple has vowed to overhaul it's developer portal following a recent security breach which forced an outage on the website.

Reports coming from Cupertino last week told of many Apple developers complaining that the website was out of service, a move the company claims was to thwart further hacking attempts.

In a statement posted on Apple's developer website, the Cupertino firm insists the site well 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."

Apple also says that 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."

Apologising for both the inconvenience and downtime caused by the breach, Apple promised developers to have the website up and running again soon, extending app expiry dates as a result.

"If your program membership was set to expire during this period, it has been extended and your app will remain on the App Store," Apple said.

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