In a startling and ironic introduction to Cyber Security Awareness Month, design software company Adobe admitted its servers were breached by hackers who accessed usernames, passwords, and financial information from nearly 3 million customers. The breach occurred in August, but the company was not aware of the hack until mid-September when security researcher and journalist Brian Krebs noticed Adobe’s source code on servers used for previous hacking attempts.
In an announcement on the company’s blog on October 3, 2013, Brian Arkin, Adobe’s Chief Security Officer finally explains the extent of the security breach:
Our investigation currently indicates that the attackers accessed Adobe customer IDs and encrypted passwords on our systems. 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. At this time, we do not believe the attackers removed decrypted credit or debit card numbers from our systems.
Given the lack of speed in Adobe’s disclosure, we should all be more proactive in protecting our personal information. To help get us through the rest of the month, we’ve gathered some tips and reminders on how to maintain private information while browsing the web. Watch the video below, and visit Intel.com for more great suggestions.
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