Adobe hack grows into massive security breach

A digital security company says 152 million accounts were affected, but Adobe disputes the number.

By InvestorPlace Nov 8, 2013 2:20PM

Image: Man with laptop (© Comstock Images/Jupiterimages)By Christopher Freeburn


Digital security firm LastPass announced Thursday that it had discovered passwords, email addresses and other data linked to Adobe Systems (ADBE) customer accounts on websites used by hackers.


LastPass says was able to identify user data from a staggering 152 million Adobe accounts. That would contradict Adobe’s claim -- made last week -- that only 38 million user accounts were breached by cyber criminals, Reuters reports.


LastPass also says on its blog that "significantly more data was stolen than first thought, including emails, encrypted passwords, password hints, names, credit card numbers, and card expiration dates."


If LastPass’ numbers are accurate, the Adobe breach would be the largest reported

hacker-caused leak of corporate data.


Responding to the new claims, Adobe conceded that the data did come from its user accounts, but noted that the database that had been accessed was a backup system, which contained 25 million invalid email addresses and 18 million invalid passwords.

Adobe told Reuters it has alerted account holders affected by the hacking attack and is moving to increase its digital security.


An earlier attack compromised data on 2.9 million Adobe users, collecting customer names and encrypted credit card data.


ADBE shares appeared unaffected by the news, up 2% in Friday trading.


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10Comments
Nov 8, 2013 3:12PM
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I was one of those 152 million people.  I received a letter from Adobe the same day as American Express contacted me about some questionable charges.  Someone tried to use my card in another country.  I was able to get the charges reversed. Thank God it was my AmEx, and not my debit card that I used!!!
Nov 8, 2013 3:42PM
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Never ever use a debit card online!
Nov 8, 2013 3:37PM
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Time to call my bank and see if I can get issued a new card.
Nov 8, 2013 11:17PM
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I always hack the hacker back and increase my worth exponentially. Problem solved!
Nov 8, 2013 4:50PM
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"...the database that had been accessed was a backup system, which contained 25 million invalid email addresses and 18 million invalid passwords."

 

If that's true, how is Adobe contacting those customers?

Nov 8, 2013 3:49PM
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Here's another thought, this is because the hackers are angry about Adobe's change in policy to not sell boxed software, just lease it through creative cloud.
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