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Apple says Russian hackers didn't breach its developers portal

Apple says Russian hackers didn't breach its developers portal”

Probably only Apple can answer that question with certainty, but it's important to note that even if some accounts were compromised to have a postal address of "Saint Petesburg" (sic), that's a different scale of threat from there being an inherent vulnerability in the Apple Developer portal that could be exploited on a grand scale.

Back in 2013, the Developer Center was hacked, and Apple had to take it offline for several days to secure it. Apple said at the time that sensitive information was encrypted, but names, mailing addresses and email addresses may have been leaked.

Some developers, who manage their accounts through the site, tweeted that they had seen the same erroneous address for themselves and others as well. The city's former name, Leningrad, was also included.

In a statement given to MacRumours, Apple debunked talk of a hack on its Developer Centre and confirmed that a "bug" was to blame for the website's downtime.

A developer named David Negron, who identifies himself as the founder of Productiontrax.com, first called attention to the glitch when he tweeted that "all developer account addresses" were being shown as an address in Russian Federation.

"The underlying code-level bug was quickly resolved and your address information now shows correctly", the team said.

It wasn't immediately clear why the incorrect address displayed was the misspelled name of a city in Russian Federation.

"Due to a bug in our account management application, your address information was temporarily displayed incorrectly in your account details on the Apple Developer website", a spokesperson said.

The Apple's Developer site, down for couple of hours, was finally up and running.

Apple representatives didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.



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