Adobe Warns Cyber Attack May Affect 2.9M Users

October 4, 2013

Adobe, a popular software company, announced that a cyber attack from hackers may have compromised 2.9 million of its customers’ credit card and personal information. 

Adobe called the security breach a “sophisticated attack” that allowed hackers to obtain encrypted passwords and customers’ personal information, as well as take source code of several Adobe products.  

“Cyber attacks are one of the unfortunate realities of doing business today,” wrote Brad Arkin, Adobe’s chief security officer, in a blog post about the security breach. “Given the profile and widespread use of many of our products, Adobe has attracted increasing attention from cyber attackers.” 

Adobe warned its customers that hackers were able to access Adobe customer IDs and encrypted passwords. The company said that hackers also may have obtained customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and information relating to customers’ orders. 

“At this time, we do not believe the attackers removed decrypted credit or debit card numbers from our systems,” Adobe said on the blog post. “We deeply regret that this incident occurred. We’re working diligently internally, as well as with external partners and law enforcement, to address the incident.”

Adobe said that it has reset customer passwords and are notifying customers whose credit or debit card information may have been compromised. The company also said it has notified banks that process its customers payments and have warned them about the breach so that they can be on alert in protecting customers’ accounts. 

Source: Adobe Blog and “Adobe Announces Security Breach,” The New York Times (Oct. 3, 2013)

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