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Adobe Hack Sparks Fears of Global Attacks
If you are a regular visitor to this blog, you’ll know that we have talked about the vulnerabilities of Adobe before; however, we could not have predicted the size of the hack that happened last week.
You’ve probably heard all about it by now, but just in case you haven’t, what basically happened was hackers infiltrated Adobe computers, stealing encrypted credit details of customers and the source code behind numerous Adobe products. The latter giving hackers everything they need to spot vulnerabilities in software and exploit machines just like yours to steal personal information and intellectual property so that it could be traded on the black market.
The hack is being called the worst infiltration of its kind of the last decade (since the Microsoft program code theft of 2004) and even Adobe could not play down the incident as a company generally would.
“Our investigation currently indicates that the attackers accessed Adobe customer IDs and encrypted passwords on our systems,” said Adobe’s chief security officer, Brian Arkin, in an official security alert.
“We also believe the attackers removed from our systems certain information relating to 2.9 million Adobe customers, including customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to customer orders.”
Wide spread attacks
The hack, which is being investigated by the US federal authorities and Adobe, has been traced to two US-based servers, but could have originated outside of the country, the Financial Times reported. Investigators believe that the code was most likely taken around August 14 – giving hackers plenty of time to manipulate any vulnerability.
With the attack being such a serious one, the two men that helped uncover the crime – Alex Holden and Brian Krebs – told the FT that we could now be looking at a whole wave of global attacks.
“This is big news. If their source code is compromised, everyone is affected,” said Holden.
“Hackers work ‘in the dark’, painstakingly trying hundreds of possibilities to find vulnerabilities, but they will now be able to ‘discover countless ways to exploit the source code’,” the FT reported.
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