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Software Giant Faces Up to a Creative Suite of Cyber Crime

04 October 2013 | Updated 01 January 1970

According to the BBC, last night (3 October), software company Adobe was reporting that as many as 2.9 million customers could have had their information stolen during a cyber attack on the company's website. The company denies that this could include names, credit or debit card numbers - and even expiration dates despite also offering ‘a complimentary one-year subscription to a credit monitoring programme for customers whose debit or credit card information is suspected of being compromised’.

A customer security alert notification on Adobe’s site says: ‘What happened? Adobe's security team recently 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. We are working diligently internally, as well as with external partners and law enforcement, to address the incident.’ The alert also advises customers on re-setting their Passwords. And on re-settng Password for other sites where they used the same ID.

Adobe keeps custoemr data on file and has recently gone on to a ‘pay as you use’ Cloud model for much of its software.

The BBC claims hackers might have had access to credit information after stealing user IDs and encrypted passwords.

Adobe is working with the police and law enforcement agencies.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 04 October 2013


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