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Apple Brings Final Developer Services Back Online, Extends Memberships By 1 Month

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Apple today announced that all of its developer program services are now back online. Apple’s portal for developers, which also hosts its iOS and OS X beta downloads, went down on July 18th and a few days after, the company acknowledged that there had been a security breach. To make up for the prolonged outage of some of the services, Apple will extend all memberships, which are usually for a year, by one month.

In typical Apple fashion, the company remained quiet for a while after it took the Developer Center down, but then quickly released a statement admitting that it had taken the site down because “an intruder attempted to secure personal information of our registered developers from our developer website.” No “sensitive personal information” was accessed, Apple said at the time, but it couldn’t rule out that the intruders had gained access to developers’ names and mailing and email addresses.

It’s never been clear what exactly happened, though as we reported last month, a 25-year-old Turkish security researcher named Ibrahim Balic had just posted a security bug in the developer center a few days earlier.

After shutting the site down completely, Apple brought its services back online in batches, starting with certificates, identifiers and profiles, as well as its developer forums, bug reporter and libraries. It then brought back software downloads, including its iOS 7, OS X Mavericks and Xcode 5 betas. Now, it has also restored access program renewals and enrollment, as well as Xcode Automatic Configuration.

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