2.9 Million Adobe Customers Hacked, Source Code for Products Stolen
Multinational computer software company Adobe Systems, Inc announced that it was a victim of very “sophisticated attacks” on its computer network illegal access to source code for several products like Adobe Acrobat and Coldfusion and information on about 2.9 million Adobe customers – including names, encrypted credit card numbers, expiration dates and other data related to customers’ orders.
4 October 2013
Multinational computer software company Adobe Systems, Inc. announced that it was a victim of very “sophisticated attacks” on its computer network.
Adobe speculates that the attack occurred quite recently, and that hackers were able to gain illegal access to source code for several products like Adobe Acrobat and Coldfusion, and information on about 2.9 million Adobe customers – including names, encrypted credit card numbers, expiration dates and other data related to customers’ orders.
What’s surprising about this data breach is that KrebsOnSecurity reported they were aware of the attack a week prior, when it discovered that 40 GB of source code was stored on a server which they speculate was used by the same cyber criminals that hacked major data brokers.
Adobe has notified federal law enforcement and affected customers, and is proactively encouraging customers to change their passwords. Additionally, they are providing those customers who had debit and credit card information exposed with complimentary credit monitoring services.
As we’ve seen in the news quite frequently with the Vodafone Germany attack and the hack of LexisNexis Inc., Dun & Bradstreet and Altegrity, cyber attacks are becoming more common and multifaceted and cause severe harm to those affected. Companies need to take appropriate precautions to guard their information against threats to avoid critical information loss in the future.
Meagan Parrish is the Senior Manager of Social Media at Intralinks. She is responsible for social media strategy development and the communications for Intralinks' online communities. Meagan has been creating social media strategies for a variety of companies across verticals for the past several years. She holds Bachelor degrees in Marketing and Finance, with a minor in English Literature.