Apple’s developer site unexpectedly crashed last Thursday leaving many people guessing who exactly was responsible behind this massive happening. Ibrahim Balic, a Turkish security researcher from the UK confessed being the person causing troubles for Apple. He claimed to have found 13 bugs within the website system which enabled him to access some of the user information. He also demonstrated one of the bugs in a YouTube video, where he appears to be accessing a list of developer names and user IDs.
Ibrahim claims to have gone to Apple with his findings and showed them the details of 73 developers account and offered help. He insisted that his actions were legal and ethical and in order to prove his point he has to publish the details.
As a result, Apple closed down the website instead claiming to be working on its maintenance. Apple released a statement name “We’ll be back soon” to explain the hacking attempted.
“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 is currently working on overlapping the previous system completely. The servers and the database will be rebuilt. They did not further elaborate on it nor did they comment on the previous system’s flaws.
Membership of the developers will be extended as per Apple’s statement but the reopening of the portal is still not confirmed.