Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) has been the victim of a cyber-attack. Sophie Curtis of The Telegraph reports that the hackers have accessed secure code used for several of the company’s products and also the information of millions of its customers.
Hackers extract information from Adobe
The security team at Adobe began investigating the recent cyber-attacks, which they found to be extremely sophisticated. They found that the hackers were able to access user IDs and encrypted passwords through their systems. According to Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE), the hackers may have extracted the customer information of 2.9 million users of the company’s products, which include Photoshop, Acrobat and InDesign.
The company believes the information that was access includes debit or credit card numbers that had been encrypted, along with their expiration dates and other pieces of information regarding orders placed by its customers. However, it doesn’t believe the hackers were able to extract debit or credit card numbers that were decrypted.
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Adobe notifies customers
Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) is now in the process of notifying customers of the security breach. The company has a list of the customers whose information it believes was accessed by the hackers. Customers who were affected by the security breach will need to take appropriate measures to protect themselves.
Those whose payment information was affected by the breach will receive the option of signing up for a free one-year membership to a credit monitoring service in areas where the service is available.
Adobe resets passwords
Adobe is also currently in the process of resetting the passwords of customers it believes to have been affected by the cyber-attack. It recommends that customers who use the same user name and password on other websites they use regularly also take the time to change their passwords on those other websites.
The company has also notified the banks which process payments for its customer accounts, as well as federal law enforcement officials.