We’ve just learned that the Apple Developer website, which has been offline for a few days now (since Thursday), was apparently hacked.  In an email to registered developers, Apple has informed them that while all sensitive personal information is encrypted and not able to be accessed, they have yet to determine whether or not other personal information such as email addresses, names, and mailing addresses were accessed.

The reason for the extended downtime from Apple is because they are working on overhauling their servers and developer website setup.

You can see the email to developers below:

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.

We’ll update you as we learn more.

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