Apple restores all developer services, extends memberships by 1 month
Three weeks after Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) shut down its developer portal in the wake of a security breach, the company has reinstated support for all services, additionally offering developer partners a one-month membership extension as compensation for the prolonged outage.
"We are pleased to let you know that all our developer program services are now online," Apple said in a message posted to the developer site. "We understand that the downtime was significant, and apologize for any issues it may have caused in your app development. To help offset this disruption, we are extending the membership of all developer teams by one month."
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."
While Apple has offered no other details on the incident, 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.
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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