Posted by Kalyani M. on Oct 8, 2013
Adobe Systems has become the recent victim of a massive data breach. The data breach exposed the personal information of millions of customers and the source code of famous Adobe products like Adobe Acrobat, Cold Fusion and others. Last Thursday, Adobe confirmed that the attackers accessed about 2.9 million user data. The customer information that was accessed included names, encrypted credit card and debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information related to customer orders. However, the decrypted debit card and credit card numbers were not removed from the system.
Adobe has been attracting the attention of a lot of cyber criminals lately because of the widespread use of many of its products. The firm confirmed that they have been receiving “sophisticated attacks” on their network, involving illegal access to customer data and the source code of numerous Adobe products. Journalist Brian Krebs and Alex Holden of Hold security discovered the data leak about a week ago. As per Krebs, “they became aware of the data leak when they discovered a 40 GB source code trove stashed on a server used by the same cyber criminals believed to have hacked into major data aggregators earlier this year, including LexisNexis, Dun & Bradstreet and Kroll.” The server of the hacking team contained huge repositories of compiled and uncompiled source code of ColdFusion and Adobe Acrobat.
After that discovery, KrebsOnSecurity informed Adobe about the attack with several screenshots showing Adobe source code on hacker’s server. Adobe confirmed that it is aware of the attack and has been working on an investigation of a broad ranging breach on its network since Sept 17th 2013. The Chief Security Officer of Adobe Brad Arkin said that the information shared by KrebsOnSecurity “helped steer their investigation in a new direction.”
In this case, the risk of identity theft or fraud seems to be low because the compromised personal data was encrypted. However it is still not clear what kind of encryption or security was used by Adobe on the stolen data. The biggest threat in this breach is the leak of source code of Adobe products. This information could lead to spear phishing attacks. The attacker can use this information to fool users by recommending them to download a software update with an email, which my look real because of the accurate information contained in it.
In response to the breach, Adobe has taken certain steps to maintain the security of customer data:
So, as an Adobe customer, if you think your data is compromised or if you have received any notification from Adobe regarding that, make sure you follow the instructions given by Adobe in the notification email.Also be very careful in downloading any software updates from Adobe, as there might be a potential risk of phishing attack due to compromised source code. Ensure that the update is from a legit site by checking if it is supported by SSL protocol, has any security symbol or HTTPS:// protocol.
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