Researcher says he meant no harm by Apple developer site hack

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Ibrahim Balic thinks that he  may be the “intruder” identified by Apple in an attack against their developer site, but he says he had no malicious intent.


Apple reported last Sunday that an “intruder” tried to gain access to developers data last week, which in turn prompted Apple to take down it’s developer centre web site.

Apple have released no names concerning the breach, but security research Ibrahim Balic has pinned the blame on himself, claiming that he was only trying to alert Apple to vulnerabilities that he has discovered.

In a comment to a story post on TechCrunch this Sunday, Balic identified himself as a security researcher who consults for many different firms and started doing research on Apple. In his “research” he said that he found 12 bugs on the developer website, which he then reported to Apple.

One of these bugs he found apparantly provided him with access to the data of users, which he said that immediately reported to Apple. He added that four hours after he filed his report, the Developer Centre was shut down by Apple. Balic has since attempted to re-email Apple but has yet to receive a reply.

Balic’s full comment and a video he posted on YouTube appear below:

My name is ibrahim Balic, I am a security researcher. You can also search my name from Facebook’s Whitehat List. I do private consulting for particular firms. Recently I have started doing research on Apple inc.

In total I have found 13 bugs and have reported through The bugs are all reported one by one and Apple was informed. I gave details to Apple as much as I can and I’ve also added screenshots.

One of those bugs have provided me access to users details etc. I immediately reported this to Apple. I have taken 73 users details (all apple inc workers only) and prove them as an example.

4 hours later from my final report Apple developer portal gas closed down and you know it still is. I have emailed and asked if I am putting them in any difficulty so that I can give a break to my research. I have not gotten any respond to this… I have been waiting since then for them to contact me, and today I’m reading news saying that they have been attacked and hacked. In some of the media news I watch/read that whether legal authorities were involved in its investigation of the hack. I’m not feeling very happy with what I read and a bit irritated, as I did not done this research to harm or damage. I didn’t attempt to publish or have not shared this situation with anybody else. My aim was to report bugs and collect the datas for the porpoise of seeing how deep I can go within this scope. I have over 100.000+ users details and Apple is informed about this. I didn’t attempt to get the datas first and report then, instead I have reported first.

I do not want my name to be in blacklist, please search on this situation. I’m keeping all the evidences, emails and images also I have the records of bugs that I made through Apple bug-report.


Source – CNET

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