In what is to date one of the largest security breaches recorded. Adobe Systems servers were recently taken over by hackers and data on 2.9 million customers was compromised.
Adobe had recently turned into an all cloud based service with no more physical copies of their flagship programs to be available. This provided the opportunity for Adobe to has monthly subscription income and roll out updates as they happen instead of waiting for the next release cycle.
It also provided ample incentive to the black hats. The data accessed includes ‘customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to customer orders,’ according to a company blog post.
But the loss of credit card information may be the least of Adobe’s worries. It has also been reported that actual files may have been taken as well.
If so, this could be the largest trade secret breach ever recorded. Just think of all those proprietary designs, models and schematics that where stored on those servers. All gone.
If there are any patentable ideas that were taken and someone files before the owner, there will be repercussions for Adobe.
The moral of the story is be careful who you trust with your information. It is valuable.
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