Adobe security breach leaked 38 million people's records

30 October 2013

adobe Earlier in the month, everyone heard of a security breach concerning Adobe which leaked the records of around 3 million customers - turns out the actual figures are in advance of 38 million.

In what Adobe called "sophisticated attacks", hackers got access to what they believed was the data for 2.9 million customers. The data included names and encrypted card numbers. However, journalist Brian Krebs said this number was a crock and he should know because he's seen the list of hacked details himself!

Adobe spokeswoman Heather Edell confirmed what Krebs already knew and said: "So far, our investigation has confirmed that the attackers obtained access to Adobe IDs and (what were at the time valid) encrypted passwords for approximately 38 million active users. We are still in the process of investigating the number of inactive, invalid and test accounts involved in the incident."

Edell also noted that the hackers made off with some of the source code for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, Reader, and ColdFusion.

To apologise, Adobe is offering one year's worth of free credit monitoring by Experian to anyone who had their account compromised in the attack. As Adobe might not get around to all customers, it would be beneficial for you to place fraud alerts on your accounts and keep an eye on things in the meantime.

TOPICS:   Technology   Privacy

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