Apple admits developer site hacked

Apple has been forced to take its developer site offline after it revealed that a hacker attempted to steal personal information during an attack last week.

In a message on the site, the technology giant announced that the intruder instigated the breach last Thursday (July 18), where the information of registered developers was put under threat.

"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 note read.

Users have been made aware of the attack "in the spirit of transparency", Apple said, and the site was immediately taken offline as soon as the breach had been acknowledged.

Experts have been working ever since to rectify the problem, which may see a significant security audit being undertaken at the company to prevent further issues arising.

In a bid to improve security in the future, Apple is overhauling its developer systems and updating server software wherever necessary.

Not only this, the company is rebuilding its entire database and assures developers that the website will be back up and running as soon as possible.

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