Who Saw that One Coming?!

Adobe’s luck ran out Thursday as hackers were able to successfully breach through security and steal passwords, IDs,  and credit card information from 2.9 million users.  Not only did this happen, but source code for certain products were also stolen on the same day and the attack is believed to be related to the security breach.

     Adobe has taken several steps in order to ensure that customer’s money won’t be accessed and that similar accounts can protected as well. The company has informed the customers who were hacked by sending out letters, they have contacted federal authorizations, and have recommended customers to change their ID and password from other sites if it is the same as their Adobe account. The organization also stated the following “We have 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.” Hopefully this will prevent the attackers from using the information they gathered, but it does not grantee the prevent of another strike.

     Although many companies promise to prevent security breaches, evidence show that it is impossible to not get hacked. Sony was hacked about 10 times in 2011, Apple has been hacked a few times and now Adobe. Even if new technology created to increase security is implemented, hackers with a security mindset will quickly find a way around it (as evident by Iphone 5s’s fingerprint hack).

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2 thoughts on “Who Saw that One Coming?!

  1. Yep, I use lots of software from Adobe. This issue happened to Microsoft and a few other companies a few years ago. It was amazing to see the amount of chatter that created. However in record time, Law Enforcement knew the whereabouts of each copy of the source code.
    Have you read in somewhere if they give any specifics about this breach?

  2. Aside from the 2.9 million users that lost all of their sensitive information, I wonder how much of Adobe is tracking for those whom pirate software from them. While the prices are high, I believe this is driving a lot of people to pirate rather than to buy. There are also those whom conduct cyber attacks, and believe they gain more from that than from pirating the software. Perhaps the attacker got a hold of that much information by mistake not for money but for the software itself.

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