Hackers Access Adobe Source Code, Personal Information of 2.9 Million Customers
October 4, 2013 9:55 AM
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The company doesn't think hackers got decrypted credit/debit card numbers
Adobe was the target of a major hack recently where nearly 3 million customer accounts were compromised.
A security breach on one of Adobe's servers has resulted in hacked access to product source code and data of 2.9 million Adobe customers.
Adobe said that some of the customers' personal information was encrypted, and that they “do not believe the attackers removed decrypted credit or debit card numbers." But it's still not a good thing that this information is wandering around cyber space.
Some of the personal information included Adobe customer IDs, encrypted passwords, customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates and information relating to customer orders.
Adobe also said that source code for at least three Adobe products (Acrobat, ColdFusion, and ColdFusion Builder) has been compromised. Brian Krebs, of
said he found 40GB of Adobe source code on the private server of a hacking group.
Adobe believes that the hackers broke into a portion of Adobe’s network that manages credit card transactions for customers, and accessed a source code repository sometime in August 2013.
"We deeply regret that this incident occurred," said Brad Arkin, Chief Security Officer at Adobe. "We’re working diligently internally, as well as with external partners and law enforcement, to address the incident."
Adobe said it is currently resetting customer passwords that have been compromised; notifying customers whose credit or debit card information was involved in the incident; notifying the banks processing customer payments for Adobe, and contacting federal law enforcement to help out in the investigation.
"We are not aware of any zero-day exploits targeting any Adobe products," said Arkin. "However, as always, we recommend customers run only supported versions of the software, apply all available security updates, and follow the advice in the
Enterprise Toolkit and the
ColdFusion Lockdown Guide
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RE: "We deeply regret that this incident occurred"
10/4/2013 4:35:41 PM
Ugh, if corporations are people, they sure communicate like sociopaths.
It's not so much that companies are people, but they (corporations specifically) are a separate legal entity. That means it can sue and be sued and its taxation is separate from the individuals who own & manage it (S Corporation).
However, since a corporation also grants some degree of limited liability to its managers, I'm not surprised Adobe used "regret" instead of "sorry/apologize" and "incident" instead of "responsibility" in its PR efforts.
"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates
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