Apple blames software bug for developer portal gaffe

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CNET — September 7, 2017

ROOT CAUSE: a software bug caused its developer site to suffer what some initially perceived as a security breach

IMPACT: displaying some developers’ home addresses incorrectly

RESOLUTION: The underlying code-level bug was quickly resolved and your address information now shows correctly… There was no security breach


Apple developer accounts briefly showed Russia addresses in an unidentified glitch

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The Verge — September 6, 2017

IMPACT: some developers’ home addresses had all been changed to the same address in Russia

ROOT CAUSE: the address… has a spelling error in it — “Saint-Petesburg” — which could indicate sloppiness on the part of a bad actor rather than a technical glitch

ROOT CAUSE: unclear whether this is some sort of internal error, or a hack from an outside force


Millions of Instagram users may have been affected by latest hack attack, social media giant warns

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The Independent — September 2, 2017

ROOT CAUSE: a bug on Instagram that could be used to access some people’s email address and phone number even if they were not public

FOLLOW UP: We quickly fixed the bug, and have been working with law enforcement on the matter.

AFFECTED: potentially several million accounts… including A-list celebrities’ Instagram accounts


Iran football ticket ‘glitch’ gave female fans hope

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BBC News — September 4, 2017

IMPACT: It seemed the ban on women attending men’s football matches had been lifted … when an option for women’s tickets for a World Cup qualifier against Syria appeared online

ROOT CAUSE: Iranian authorities have blamed a “technical glitch”

IMPACT: A number of women bought tickets, expressing their surprise and joy

IMPACT: All tickets purchased by women would be cancelled and refunded