How Many Credit Cards Did the Adobe Hacking Compromise?
Software maker Adobe Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:ADBE) reported that it suffered a cyber attack in which hackers were able to obtain customers’ passwords, credit and debit card numbers, and expiration dates for an estimated 2.9 million Adobe customers.
The security breach was announced in a blog post by Adobe Chief Security Officer Brad Arkin. “Cyber attacks are one of the unfortunate realities of doing business today,” he said. “Given the profile and widespread use of many of our products, Adobe has attracted increasing attention from cyber attackers.”
Arkin outlined several steps the company is taking to deal with the issue. First, new usernames and passwords will be issued to Adobe users that are believed to have been affected by the hack, and the company is sending out letters to the customers whose credit card information is believed to have been taken, with information about how to protect their personal data and the option of enrolling in a one-year credit monitoring program for free.
In addition, Adobe is working with the banks that issued the affected cards and law enforcement on the matter.