Apple’s iTunes Connect Online Again – Rest of the Dev Channel Coming Soon

Posted by at 10:03 am on July 25, 2013

iTunes Connect, a crucial part of Apple’s crippled Developer channel, is now online after an unprecedented week of closure following a hacker attack by a security researcher that exposed some data. While the attacker, Ibrahim Balic, has claimed he was just doing “security research,” the company shut the system down and said it has been “working around the clock” to overhaul developer systems, update server software and rebuild the entire database to close vulnerabilities. Apple has launched a new “system status” page for the Developer Center.A modified message also appeared on the site today, continuing to apologize “for the significant inconvenience caused by our developer website downtime.” It goes on to say that “while we complete the work to bring our systems back online, we want to share the latest with you.”

Apple plans to bring back sections of the developer channel with updated systems in a kind of “soft launch” manner. The company says it will begin with Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles, Apple Developer Forums, pre-release developer libraries and videos. Following this, software downloads with the latest betas of iOS 7, Xcode 5 and OS X Mavericks will return. Then the remaining systems will be brought back, though no specific dates have been given.

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