Apple website hack delays iOS 7 beta release

Alan O'Doherty
July 23, 2013

A Turkish security researcher has claimed responsibility for hacking Apple’s developer site, which has been down since July 18th, stating he did so to uncover weaknesses in their security.

Ibrahim Balic told The Guardian that he had exposed the bug and reported them to Apple and while he was aware that it was possible to retrieve private information on developers, such as names and IDs, he had not done so. In a video Balic released on Youtube he stated “I have reported all the bugs I found to the company and waited for approval.”

Apple have released a statement to developers claiming “an intruder attempted to secure personal information of our registered developers from our developer 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.”

Apple go on to explain that they are overhauling their security systems to prevent a similar breach from happening again. iOS 7 beta, the test version of Apple’s new operating system was due for release yesterday, but has been delayed as a result of the incident.

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