Apple Developer Site Hack now Claimed

The recent hack that has forced Apple to close down its developers’ portal has been claimed by a Turkish security researcher.


Apple was forced to admit that their security had been severely compromised and have commented on the hack as follows.

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.

Turkish researcher Ibrahim Balic has claimed responsibility for the Apple hack and posted a video on YouTube apparently proving his claim.
The video has since been removed but demonstrated exactly how the attack was carried out.

Further details are on Balic’s Twitter feed here and the Guardian also discusses this here.