Jul 29, 2013

    Apple's developer website partially restored

    APPLE put its website for software developers partially back online last Saturday, more than a week after a hacker broke into the network and tried to steal personal information.

    Apple took the site - used by engineers who write applications for the iPhone, Mac and other products - offline on July 18 after a hacker tried to steal basic information, the Cupertino, California-based company said.

    Developers use the website to get software downloads, documentation and engineering information.

    The maker of the iPhone and iPad said that it is "completely overhauling" its developer systems to prevent a security threat from happening again.

    While some of the website's information was encrypted, Apple said it had not been able to rule out whether names, mailing addresses or e-mail addresses had been accessed.

    Some of the website's features were back online, it said.

    "We appreciate your patience as we work to bring our developer services back online," the company said in a statement. "Certificates, identifiers and profiles, software downloads and other developer services are now available."

    It said it would extend memberships for users if their accounts were due to expire while the website is offline. Apple also apologised for the "significant inconvenience" that the interruption had caused for software developers.

    The intrusion marked a rare cyberattack 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.