Panic certainly rushed through Apple Inc. last week when intruders tried to steal classified and sensitive information off the company’s developer’s website on Thursday.
The website has since been shut down and remains shut while the company begins to update it’s database and server software in order to prevent future breaches.
Apple released a statement on Sunday which said that no customer information had been compromised – to the relief of millions of dedicated Apple users.
Unfortunately for the developers, the multi-million dollar company could not rule out the possibility that some developers’ names, email addresses and mailing addresses may have been accessed.
They told the developers on their 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”
The company also informed their developers that if their membership is set to expire, it has since been extended and all of Apple’s third-party apps will remain on the App Store for the duration.
There is no confirmation as to how much and indeed if any, data was compromised. Apple also refused to comment on the identity of the hackers.
It is not often that the California-based company gets cyber attacked. However, the timing of the attack might give some insight as to why.
Apple is currently having third-party developers test their new operating system, iOS 7. iOS 7 is Apple’s latest platform for the iPhone and iPad.
It might be that the hackers, whomever they are, were looking to retract some information regarding the new platform.
However, Apple is not only upset about information on iOS 7 being leaked; their developer site also houses sensitive financial information, which is encrypted.
The company has said that the developer site will be back up and running soon. But, with Apple being Apple, they will surely not take this attack lying down and will do everything possible to prevent it from happening again.
They said in a statement: “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”
Well, if I were a cyber hacker I would definitely not be messing with Apple again!