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Apple Developer Website Back Online After Hacker Attack

July 27 (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. put its website for software developers back online today, more than a week after a hacker broke into the network and tried to steal personal information.

Apple took the site, used by engineers who write applications for iPhones, Macs and other products, offline on July 18 after a hacker tried to steal basic information, the Cupertino, California-based company said. The site was active as of 5 p.m. local time.

Developers use the site for software downloads, documentation and engineering information. The maker of iPhones and iPads said this week that it’s “completely overhauling” its developer systems to prevent a security threat from happening again. While some of the website’s information was encrypted, Apple said it hadn’t been able to rule out whether names, mailing addresses or e-mail addresses may have been accessed.

Some of the website’s features were back online, Apple said.

“We appreciate your patience as we work to bring our developer services back online,” the company said in a statement. “Certificates, identifiers & profiles, software downloads, and other developer services are now available.”

Apple said it would extend memberships for any users if their accounts were due to expire while the website is offline. Apple apologized for “significant inconvenience” that the outage caused for software developers.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jordan Robertson in San Francisco at jrobertson40@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Nick Turner at nturner7@bloomberg.net; Pui-Wing Tam at ptam13@bloomberg.net

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