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Nonetheless, Apple viewed the access as a security breach and on Thursday shut the Developer Center down. Balic said only four hours had passed from the time of his final report to when the site closed down.
"I do not want my name to be in blacklist, please search on this situation," Balic said in a comment posted on a technology Web site. He obtained data on more than 100,000 users, he said, but had no malicious intent. trying instead to alert Apple to vulnerabilities.
"I have over 100.000+ users details and Apple is informed about this. I didn't attempt to get the datas [sic] first and report then, instead I have reported first."
Balic said he is holding on to all evidence, e-mails and images and "bugs that I made through Apple bug-report."
Though an ordeal for Apple and Balic, no consumer panic was called for as consumer systems did not appear to have been at all affected.
The downside for developers is inconvenience of lost time when the site was down, as the site is their lifeline, allowing them to download betas, set up devices and access forums so they can discuss and resolve problems. The site is used for testing apps in progress as well.
Posted: 2013-07-24 @ 6:59am PT
Regardless of the event, to be offline for nearly a week and to not be able to publish a restoration date is a story unto itself. If this was a bank, it would not remain off line for this length of time with no details on when business could resume.