LONDON: Apple has said a hacker may have accessed account details of its community of 275,000 developers, as it becomes the latest tech firm to fall victim to a high-profile hack.
The company said the hack occurred on July 18 and could have resulted in developers' names and email addresses being compromised. However, Apple insists sensitive personal information was encrypted and could not be accessed.
Apple took the developers' site down on Thursday after detecting the attack and left a "we'll be back soon…this site is undergoing maintenance for an extended period today" message, before informing developers of the attack on Sunday.
Apple claims it is completely overhauling its developer systems, updating its server software, and rebuilding its “entire database” to prevent a similar security threat.
The incident comes as other tech firms struggle to prevent hacks into their systems after Sony Computer Entertainment was fined for a hack of its PlayStation Network that compromised the personal details of millions of its users.
The European Commission is in the process of pushing through cybersecurity legislation that could force companies to reveal any major hacks into their systems, as it seeks to improve consumer trust in the digital economy.
Legislation would enable governments to name and shame companies that have not done enough to put measures in place to protect their data.
This story originally appeared on the website of Marketing.