Data for Millions Stolen after Adobe is Hacked


The Adobe breach resulted in more than 3 million records including IDs, email addresses, and credit card information.

Last October, the software giant Adobe suffered a massive security breach which compromised the sensitive data of nearly three million customers. Later in October, further compromise of Adobe’s databases resulted in this number growing to more than 150 Millions names and encrypted passwords. Some of the compromised accounts included more than a quarter million governmental and military accounts. This data included IDs, names, passwords, and encrypted credit card information.

While Adobe’s chief security officer, Brad Arkin, has said that he doesn’t believe the hackers obtained any decrypted credit card information, this is little comfort to the millions of Adobe users worldwide. In addition to the sensitive customer data, hackers also stole source code for numerous Adobe products, which some believe to have included the ColdFusion Web application platform and the Acrobat family of products.

As a precaution, Adobe has reset relevant customer passwords and sent affected customers an email notification. It is also recommended that those affected customers change their passwords on other sites, especially if they use the same one on multiple sites.

In addition to changing passwords and notifying affected customers, Adobe has promised that any customer whose credit card information was stolen would be offered a year’s membership in a credit monitoring service free of charge.

After this most recent breach, security experts and consumers everywhere are more than concerned that the compromised data could be used criminally. In addition, the source code that was stolen has made security professionals around the world a bit nervous, prompting more cyber-vigilance in many companies. It also makes this security breach slightly different from previous billing information compromises.

Since nearly every company worldwide uses Adobe in some form or another, the impact from such a breach is enormous. Adobe’s recent security breach has many business owners questioning: If Adobe can be hacked, how can my company possibly ward off such an attack?

The answer may lie in shifting to an inside-out security model. In other words, corporations and business owners must assume that the criminals in the world are already in their network and work to ensure that their security protects from inside breaches.

“Companies need to secure access to sensitive data by implementing fine-grained access controls, including NSA’s new two-man rule, as well as role-based monitoring in order to detect potential breaches and data center disasters. This is increasingly important in cloud and virtualization environments where the risk is ten times greater.”

Eric Chiu, president and co-founder of HyTrust

At Forensicon, we have the technology and the experience to assist your company or firm with all digital and electronic security breaches. With over a decade of experience tracking rogue hackers, we can help your company after a hacker has compromised your data or breached your security. More importantly we can help prevent the attack from even beginning. To learn more about how our computer forensic specialists can assist your firm, call us at 1-888-427-5667 or visit us on the web at

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