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Adobe just revealed its network was recently compromised.  In terms of the information that was leaked: 2.9 million customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and “other information relating to customer orders.”

While Adobe wouldn’t say when the breach occurred, they did mention that its security team discovered sophisticated attacks on its network “very recently.”  Additionally, source code for “numerous Adobe products” was also accessed.

Adobe says it has taken the following steps:

  • As a precaution, the company is resetting relevant customer passwords to help prevent unauthorized access to Adobe ID accounts. If your user ID and password were involved, you will receive an email notification with information on how to change your password. Adobe also recommends that you change your passwords on any website where you may have used the same user ID and password.
  • The company is in the process of notifying customers whose credit or debit card information it believes to be involved in the incident. If your information was involved, you will receive a notification letter with additional information on steps you can take to help protect yourself against potential misuse of personal information about you. Adobe is also offering customers, whose credit or debit card information was involved, the option of enrolling in a one-year complimentary credit monitoring membership where available.
  • It has already notified the banks processing customer payments for Adobe, so that they can work with the payment card companies and card-issuing banks to help protect customers’ accounts.
  • It has contacted federal law enforcement and are assisting in their investigation.

So far Adobe’s investigation found that the attackers accessed Adobe customer IDs and encrypted passwords on its systems and that it does not believe they removed decrypted credit or debit card numbers. Lastly, the company does not think the illegal access of its source code could provide any specific increased risk to its customers.

Bad news for Adobe, but interestingly enough the company picked a great time to release it (now with Twitter’s S-1 filing out to drown out the bad news).  We’ll keep on eye on the situation and let you know if there are any updates.


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