Apple keeps developer site shut after hackers hit personal data

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giant Apple yesterday continued the temporary shut down of its popular developer website after it was hit by a hacking attack looking to snatch people’s personal data.

The company said in a statement that it took down the members’ section of the website on Thursday last week after a hacker tried to access personal details of developers registered on the site.

“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,” it said.

Apple said it was rebuilding its database and completely overhauling its developer systems to stop it happening again.

The Apple Developer site, which has about six million users, is used by software developers to build programmes like apps used on smartphones. The company said it was working “around the clock” to get the site back up and running.

“We apologise for the significant inconvenience that our downtime has caused you and we expect to have the developer website up again soon,” it added.