Downtime on Apple’s Developer Center led to concern that it may have been hacked after a number of developers noted that their mailing address had been changed to one in Russia.

Apple has now issued a statement saying that this is not the case, and the issue – suspicious as it appeared – was in fact due to a bug …

The statement implied that no account details had actually been changed, but a glitch led to the same Russian address being displayed to multiple developers.

Due to a bug in our account management application, your address information was temporarily displayed incorrectly in your account details on the Apple Developer website. The same incorrect address was displayed to all affected developers. The underlying code-level bug was quickly resolved and your address information now shows correctly.

Apple stressed that no account details have been compromised.

There was no security breach and at no time were the Apple Developer website, applications, or services compromised; nor were any of your Apple Developer membership details accessed by, shared with, or displayed to anyone.

As we noted yesterday, an exploit back in 2014 allowed access to personal information in the Developer Center, including that of Apple execs. In this case, though, it seems that a harmless bug was at fault.

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