Apple today announced the reason behind the extended period of downtime that has plagued the Apple developer portal over the past few days: hackers.
The Cupertino tech giant has notified all developers of the situation with the above email. The good news is that all data is encrypted, and that the hackers were unable to get information about regular consumers. Developer are being warned, however, that their mailing address, names, and email address may have been vulnerable.
The full text of the email is available after the break and in the comments, courtesy of forum member lauNchD.
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.