Apple pledges to restore most remaining iOS developer services this week
More than two weeks after Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) shut down its developer portal in the wake of a security breach, the company said it plans to reinstate most remaining services within the next several days.
"The majority of our developer services are currently online, including Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles, Dev Centers, software downloads, Videos, Apple Developer Forums, iTunes Connect, Bug Reporter, App Store Resource Center and access to pre-release documentation," Apple said Monday in an email to registered developers. "We plan to reinstate most of the remaining services this week: Xcode automatic configuration as well as access to license agreements, TSIs, program enrollments and renewals in Member Center. You can check the availability of these systems on our status page. As a reminder, if your membership was set to expire during this downtime, it has been extended and your apps will remain on the App Store and Mac App Store."
The Apple site--which offers development kits, forums and other resources related to the company's iOS and Mac OS platforms--went offline last month after an intruder attempted to secure personal developer information. "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," Apple said. "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."
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. Balic also posted a YouTube video that appears to depict the site's vulnerabilities. "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. I have not heard anything from them, and they announced that they got attacked. My aim was to report bugs and collect the datas [sic] for the purpose of seeing how deep I can go with it."
The Apple site is a critical resource for developers building and updating applications optimized for the new iOS 7, unveiled in June at Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference. 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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