Apple Dev Center hacker comes clean: “My aim was to report bugs”

Security researchers beware: you may think you’re doing some company a favor by poking holes in their digital infrastructure, but the company is no way obliged to share that viewpoint.

Turkish researcher Ibrahim Baliç has come forward to take credit for the recent hacking of (or attack on) the Apple Developer Center—a branch of Apple’s website that provides information and software for coders who build apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. The security breach caused Apple to shut the center down, and keep it down for 3 days before explaining to developers what had happened.

Baliç at first maintained that his intentions were purely altruistic: He was trying to track down bugs to report to Apple. “My aim was to report bugs and collect the datas [sic] for the purpose of seeing how deep I can go with it,” he told the Guardian.

The real trouble appears to stem from a video Baliç posted to YouTube, since set to private, that demonstrated the flaws in the Apple Dev system and its vulnerability to an outside attack. Baliç claimed that the system was leaking user information.

Apple, meanwhile, saw the breach as a leak in its own right, stating that “an intruder attempted to secure personal information of our registered developers… [and] we have not been able to rule out the possibility that some developers’ names, mailing addresses and/or email addresses may have been accessed.” 

The company further pledged to overhaul its databases, server software and developer systems. So: Mission accomplished? 

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Miles Klee

Miles Klee

Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions,  and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'