Jul 23, 2013

    No customer info leaked from hacked Apple site

    APPLE'S main website for developers remained shut down after intruders tried to steal sensitive information last week, forcing the iPhone maker to overhaul its database and server software to prevent future breaches.

    The intrusion last Thursday marked a rare cyber attack on the United States firm's network and comes at a time when third-party developers are testing their apps on iOS 7, to be launched in autumn.

    Apple's developer site also houses sensitive financial information, which is encrypted. The company said on Sunday that no customer information had been compromised, but was unable to rule out the possibility that some developers' names, mailing and e-mail addresses may have been accessed.

    An Apple spokesman said the website that was breached was not associated with any customer information. It remained unclear how much, if any, data was compromised or who the attackers were.

    Apple would not comment on their identity.

    It told developers on its 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 e-mail addresses may have been accessed."

    Apple said in a statement: "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."

    It added that the developer website will be up and running soon.