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Adobe's Hacker attack is much bigger then previous attacks

Nearly a month ago Adobe Systems Inc. more than 38 million customer accounts data was hacked.Adobe said that hackers had stolen part of the source code to Photoshop editing software that is widely used by professional photographers.


The company discovered the attack on Oct. 3 saying attackers took credit card information and other data from nearly 3 million customers' accounts.

On Oct. 3 Adobe also said that the hackers accessed an undisclosed number of Adobe IDs and encrypted passwords that were stored in a separate database. On Tuesday, it revealed that about 38 million records from that database were stolen.

The company also reported that the attackers stole source code to three other products: Acrobat, ColdFusion and ColdFusion Builder.

Adobe spokeswoman Heather Edell said the software maker believes the attackers also obtained access to "many invalid Adobe IDs, inactive Adobe IDs, Adobe IDs with invalid encrypted passwords and test account data."

She said the company is still investigating to determine how much invalid account information was breached and is in the process of notifying affected users.

The company believes the stolen passwords were encrypted, the attackers may have been able to access them in plain text by one of several methods, including breaking the algorithm that Adobe used to scramble them, said Marcus Carey, a security researcher and expert on cyber attacks, who formerly worked as an investigator with the National Security Agency.

Carey said "This is a treasure trove for future attacks".

Adobe spokeswoman Heather Edell said that the company was not aware of any unauthorized activity on Adobe accounts as a result of the attack.

Yet Edell said she could not say whether stolen credit cards or passwords had been used to launch follow-on attacks against Adobe customers or conduct other types of cyber crimes.

"Our investigation is still ongoing," she said. "We anticipate the full investigation will take some time to complete." 

Reference by Thomson Reuters

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