Adobe Hacked – Change Your Password

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Adobe have announced on their blog that their online services have been hacked, and an estimated 2.9 million accounts have been compromised. This is yet another large company to fall foul of online attacks, joining names such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and the Ubuntu Forums in the ranks of those who have been compromised.

Adobe Chief Security Office, Brad Arkin, had the following to say about the matter:

Very recently, Adobe’s security team discovered sophisticated attacks on our network, involving the illegal access of customer information as well as source code for numerous Adobe products. We believe these attacks may be related.


Our investigation currently indicates that the attackers accessed Adobe customer IDs and encrypted passwords on our systems. We also believe the attackers removed from our systems certain information relating to 2.9 million Adobe customers, including customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to customer orders. At this time, we do not believe the attackers removed decrypted credit or debit card numbers from our systems.

By the sounds of things, it doesn’t look like the attackers are going to be going on a shopping spree with the credit cards of 2.9 million Adobe users, but the fact that Adobe were hacked in the first place, and that the attackers got away with “source code for numerous Adobe products” really is a cause for concern.

Get Me My Pitch Fork!

Before you go reaching for those pitch forks, and torches, remember, that no matter how big a company is, or how secure their systems are, nothing – and I mean absolutely nothing is hack-proof. So if you want some one to blame, blame the people who illegally accessed the Adobe systems and took your data.

What now?

Adobe are working hard to contact all of the 2.9 million affected account holders, and is asking them to reset their passwords. But my advice would be to anyone with an Adobe account, change your password right now – even if you’re not one of the unlucky ones that is affected. This could be a good time to start using a password manager like LastPass, to secure your online accounts.

Adobe Hacked – Change Your Password
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