[QODLink]
Americas

Hackers steal customer data from Adobe

Chief security officer confirms nearly three million customers affected in raid that saw source code stolen.

Last Modified: 04 Oct 2013 05:23
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
The hackers took source code for Adobe Acrobat, used to create PDFs, ColdFusion and ColdFusion Builder [EPA]

Hackers have stolen Adobe Systems' source code along with the security details, including credit card numbers in some cases, of nearly three million customers, the software maker has confirmed.

Security experts said on Thursday they were worried about the theft of source code because close review of the programs could lead to the discovery of new flaws that could be used to launch hard-to-detect attacks against all users of that software.

The hackers took source code for Adobe Acrobat, which is used to create electronic documents in the PDF format, as well as ColdFusion and ColdFusion Builder, used to create internet applications, Adobe said.

Adobe Chief Security Officer Brad Arkin said the company had been investigating the breach since its discovery two weeks ago and that it had no evidence of any attacks based on the theft.

"Very recently, Adobe's security team discovered sophisticated attacks on our network, involving illegal access of customer information as well as source code for numerous Adobe products," Arkin said in a blog post.

"Our investigation currently indicates that the attackers accessed Adobe customer IDs and encrypted passwords on our systems."

Homeland security warning

Arkin said hackers stole information on 2.9 million Adobe customers, including their names, user identification numbers and encrypted passwords and payment card numbers. He said the attacks might be related.

The company said it was resetting passwords for affected customers worldwide and warning people to change any passwords reused at other sites.

The US Department of Homeland Security's computer incident response team said that Adobe customers should be on the alert for fraud.

Adobe said it was working with banks and federal law enforcement to mitigate intrusions on customer accounts and to pursue those responsible.

The hackers offered Social Security numbers, credit report information and other highly sensitive data for sale over the Internet and had access inside the companies' websites through hacked computers, cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs said.

314

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
Report on child sex abuse in British Asian community highlights issues that may affect the entire nation.
Taliban makes quick gains in Afghanistan with little opposition from Afghan army as US withdrawal begins.
Analysts say China moving back toward 1950s-era public trials aimed at shaming and intimidation.
Record numbers of migrants have made harrowing sea journeys to Italy and Greece this year.
In Vietnam, 40 percent of all pregnancies are terminated each year, a rate that health officials are hoping to reduce.
join our mailing list