If you regularly use products like Photoshop or Premier, your information may now be in the hands of cyber criminals. Adobe, creator of both popular software applications, said late last week it discovered a cyber attack that may have compromised the information of 2.9 million customers.
Writing on the official Adobe Featured Blogs, Brad Arkin, Chief Security Officer for the company writes:
Cyber attacks are one of the unfortunate realities of doing business today. Given the profile and widespread use of many of our products, Adobe has attracted increasing attention from cyber attackers. 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. We believe these attacks may be related.
Arkin writes cyber criminals were able to access “customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to customer orders.”
On the bright side, Adobe doesn’t believe cyber attackers removed any decrypted credit or debit card numbers, so they may not be able to easily access customers’ bank accounts.
Adobe also believes hackers accessed customer IDs and encrypted passwords for Adobe products. So, just to play it safe, the company is contacting affected customers to have them change their passwords.
The company also recommends customers change passwords on any other accounts where they might have used the same or similar character combinations. Adobe has also notified banks that regularly process companny payments and is contacting customers whose credit or debit card information may have been compromised.
The company is also giving customers affected the option to join a complimentary credit monitoring service where it’s available.
Customers Are Usually the Target
With all due respect to Adobe’s products, customers are often the target of cyber attacks. Three other companies — Dun & Bradstreet, Hire Right/Krebs and NexisLexis — were also targeted recently. And here too customer information including social security numbers, birth records and credit and background reports were the apparent objective.
You don’t need to be a tech giant to be the target of a cyber attack either. Cyber attacks on small business are also increasing. The objective is often the personal information of your customers.
It’s important to take steps to protect your business and the information customers entrust to you.
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