Adobe breach leaks source, millions of customers' details

October 4, 2013 | 09:03

Tags: #acrobat #creative-suite #credit-card #data-breach #espionage #insecurity #photoshop #privacy #security #source-code

Companies: #adobe

Software giant Adobe has confirmed that it has suffered a major security breach which has resulted in the loss of personal information relating to nearly three million customers.

The attack, which was confirmed by Adobe late yesterday, resulted in the loss of source code to numerous Adobe products along with customer IDs, passwords, payment card details and other order-related information. While these details are claimed to be encrypted, it's still a wealth of data for the attackers to pore over.

'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,' Adobe's chief security officer Brad Arkin explained in a statement to customers and press. 'At this time, we do not believe the attackers removed decrypted credit or debit card numbers from our systems. We deeply regret that this incident occurred. We’re working diligently internally, as well as with external partners and law enforcement, to address the incident.'

The company has indicated it has taken the step of resetting all affected customer account passwords, notifying those whose details were stolen by email along with physical letters for those whose payment details were nabbed offering a one-year free credit monitoring service. 'We have contacted federal law enforcement and are assisting in their investigation,' Arkin added.

'We value the trust of our customers,' concluded Arkin. 'We will work aggressively to prevent these types of events from occurring in the future. Again, we deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause you.'

Thus far, the attackers have not been indentified.
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