Adobe, the software maker, has revealed that it was hacked back in August. Adobe reported that the hack has involved data from about 2.9 million of its users. The information that was acquired by the hackers reportedly included encrypted credit card data, as well as source codes for the company’s various products.
Adobe, which is best known for its Photoshop and Acrobat applications, was not even aware of the security breach until an outside security expert saw some of their data on a server that had been used by hackers. Brad Arkin, senior director of security for Adobe products and services, told customers in a blog post that the attack concerns both customer information and illegal access to source codes for “numerous Adobe products.” A few examples of Adobe products include Adobe Acrobat, ColdFusion, and the ColdFusion Builder. However, Adobe assured that there is no “increased risk to customers as a result of this incident” as far as the source code goes.
Adobe officials added that the investigation has not turned up any zero-day attacks either. Unfortunately, the culprits have obtained access to a large swath of Adobe customer IDs and encrypted passwords. Arkin specified that removed sensitive information (i.e. names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, etc.) about approximately 2.9 million Adobe customers. The information that the hackers obtained had been posted on another server. It has since been removed.
Several major companies have reported having been hacked in the recent months. In addition, several “expert” hackers have faced criminal charges for having hacked into accounts to gain access to data. There have been some instances in which stolen data has been used for identity theft, according to media reports.
He added that investigators don’t “believe the attackers removed decrypted credit or debit card numbers” from Adobe’s systems.
While federal law officials are involved, Adobe stressed that there are some precautions that customers need to take now. He said consumers should regularly check their credit reports and watch for unauthorized activity. Adobe is resetting the passwords on breached Adobe customer IDs, and users will receive an email if they are affected. The software giant is also currently notifying customers whose credit or debit card information was exposed. Adobe has also promised to offer these customers with the option of enrolling in a one-year complimentary credit monitoring membership where available.
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