Apple has moved to clear the air over claims that its developer service problems were down to a breach of security protocols and instead pointed the a
Apple has moved to clear the air over claims that its developer service problems were down to a breach of security protocols and instead pointed the accusing finger at a software bug. This was in response to a wide spread notion that suggested developer accounts were experiencing difficulties due to interference from an outside source.
Reports of the breach came to the surface early on Wednesday and they were prompted by a mysterious change in developers’ home addresses to somewhere in Russia. The country’s suspected involvement in the email hacking scandal involving Hillary Clinton served to only fan the flames of a story doing rounds about a possible breach. Concerned parties were therefore left concluding that there was foul play by an external entity pulling the strings behind the curtains at work.
Dal Rupnik, one of the affected users, posted on twitter sarcastically lauding the fact that all his teams’ locations were pinned down to Russia on Developer Member Center. Contradicting this and other statements, Apple insisted that its systems were still secure and that there was no unauthorized access.
Apple later released a note seeking to quell the ever-growing unrest and give all stake holders clarity on the sensitive matter. It states that because of a hitch with the account management application, inaccurate address details were portrayed on the affected accounts. The problem was down played with the company denying reports that all developers were affected and instead said that only some actually were.
The note further breaks down the glitch attributing it to a problem with the code upon which its systems are built. Quick to regain shareholders’ trust, the company affirmed in no uncertain terms that there was absolutely no point in time that the Apple Developer website, its services or applications were tampered with. It further outlined that Membership details were private and secure all throughout the ordeal.
It is not the first time the company has found itself in such a predicament, as a similar scenario came up about four years ago. In that incident, the Apple Developer Center went offline for about 72 hours after a breach of its security systems; however, this latest saga is not a repeat of what happened on the day.
The notion of Apple developers coupled with Russian hackers might seem like the stuff of movies that everybody’s eager to believe, however, the reality is, a bug truly is to blame this time round.