Adobe, the company that has designed products such as Acrobat Reader and Photoshop, had approximately 3 million customer accounts compromised in a hack. The software company released the news on October 3rd, 2013, that the hackers behind the breach had got away with names, encrypted credit or debit card information, expiration dates, and Adobe account passwords, a major breach of privacy and identity.
The largest concern in a security breach such as this is the fact that the criminals got away with credit and debit card numbers. Although they may be encrypted, it is not impossible that those behind the breach could crack the encryption on the card numbers. Also of concern, is that Adobe was in fact aware of breach since the middle of August, but failed to do anything until it was too late.
Affects of the BreachEdit
The breach mainly affected Adobe, but also prompted major software companies such as Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft to increase their level of security for their accounts. The tendency for web users to use the same passwords for different accounts results in the Adobe breach potentially causing many of their personal identities online banking accounts and overall privacy to be put in in jeopardy.
Methods of ProtectionEdit
Although difficult to protect against major hacks such as this, it is always possible to take precautions. When choosing a password, it is always recommended it contains the following:
- Uppercase characters
- Lowercase characters
The password should also be about eight characters long, and should not contain any word that would be in the dictionary.
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DiMarco, C. (2013). Multiple companies trying to mitigate adobe data breach. Inside Counsel.Breaking News, Retrieved from http://ezproxy.oswego.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/1450228814?accountid=13025