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Apple's Dev Center returns to action following security breach

Apple's developer website is back, three weeks after it was pulled offline following a security breach.

The Cupertino-based firm has been gradually restoring service to the site since it shut down during last month's investigation, but has now announced a full restoration.

"We are pleased to let you know that all our developer program services are now online. Your patience during this time was sincerely appreciated," Apple wrote in an email to developers.

"We understand that the downtime was significant and apologize for any issues it may have caused in your app development," the message said. "To help offset this disruption, we are extending the membership of all developer teams by one month."

With new mobile and desktop operating systems on the way, the outage left developers in the cold as they prep their applications for iOS 7 and Mac OS X Mavericks, both expected to debut this autumn.

Apple took its Dev Center offline in late July, when an alleged hacker attempted to steal personal information from the company's database. While the data is encrypted and "cannot be accessed," Apple said, there was some concern that developers' names, mailing addresses, and/or email addresses may have been accessed." Apple promised to overhaul its developer systems.

By 5 August, most of Apple's developer website was back online, including access to iOS and OS X betas, pre-release documentation, software downloads, and videos from Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC).