Apple begins reviving hacked iOS developer center
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is slowly beginning to turn its developer tools back on, a week after the company reported that an "intruder" had broken into its developer center and possibly obtained iOS and Mac OS developers' personal information.
Late last week Apple reported that "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." Today, the company said two of its services, iTunes Connect and Bug Reporter, are now functional.
"We plan to roll out our updated systems, starting with Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles, Apple Developer Forums, Bug Reporter, pre-release developer libraries, and videos first," Apple wrote on its developer center. "Next, we will restore software downloads, so that the latest betas of iOS 7, Xcode 5, and OS X Mavericks will once again be available to program members. We'll then bring the remaining systems online."
The company created a status page here to update developers on the company's progress.
Turkish security researcher Ibrahim Balic has claimed responsibility for the attack, telling The Guardian that his goal was to demonstrate that the Apple site was leaking user information. "My intention was not attacking," Balic explained. "In total I found 13 bugs and reported [them] directly one by one to Apple straight away. Just after my reporting [the] dev center got closed."
The issue is a critical one for Apple as the company works with iOS developers on the rollout of its new iOS 7 operating system. Apple unveiled iOS 7 at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference in June. Among the biggest changes in iOS 7 is the elimination of skeuomorphism, the longstanding iOS design aesthetic that leverages real-world images and metaphors like linen-textured gray backgrounds, wooden bookshelves and spiral-bound notebooks. The revamped OS also signals the launch of multitasking for all apps, AirDrop wireless file sharing, revamped Siri voice controls and the iTunes Radio streaming music service.
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