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In October this year, Adobe admitted that 2.9 million user accounts were compromised in an attack which stole names, financial data and customer orders information.
Brad Arkin, senior director of security for Adobe products and services, explained in a blog post that "one of the unfortunate realities of doing business today" was cyberattacks, and unfortunately Adobe's security team discovered sophisticated attacks on the company's networks, although the culprits were not discovered.
In addition to the theft of customer data, Adobe said that illegal access to source code for products including Acrobat, ColdFusion, and the ColdFusion Builder was also discovered, although this was not a risk for customers.
Arkin said that while sensitive data and encrypted credit or debit card numbers were taken, federal investigators did not believe unencrypted numbers were removed from servers.
After the data breach, Adobe reset the passwords on breached Adobe customer IDs and notified customers if their financial details were exposed. In addition, the company offered these customers to enrol in complimentary credit monitoring services for a year.
In November this year, the MacRumors forum was breached by hackers who probably gained access to names, passwords and emails of its users.
In a blog post, administrators said that all of its 860,000 users were affected.
"In situations like this, it's best to assume that your MacRumors Forum username, email address and (hashed) password is now known," Editorial Director Arnold Kim said. "While the passwords are "hashed" (which is a one-way conversion from your actual password to a scrambled version), given computing power these days, if your password isn't very complex, they could brute force figure it out by trying lots of combinations."
The hack involved a hacker gaining control of a moderator account, who then boosted their privileges in order to steal the data.