Last Thursday, October 3, 2013, the software company Adobe announced it was the most recent victim of a data breach. In infiltrating Adobe, hackers gained access to credit card information and other personal data from 2.9 million of its customers. Although there is currently no indication that the hackers actually acquired customers’ unencrypted credit numbers, Adobe, as a precaution, notified its customers and credit companies about the breach and reset customer passwords to prevent further unauthorized access. The hackers are also believed to have stolen copies of the source codes of some of Adobe’s widely used products. One such product is ColdFusion, which is used by the United States Senate, 75 of the Fortune 100 companies and more than 10,000 other companies worldwide. Adobe is not sure yet whether theft of these source codes puts its companies at risk.
Adobe was just the next in a long line of data breaches. Already this year, hackers infiltrated databases like Lexis-Nexis, Dun & Bradstreet, the security firm Kroll Associates, and the National White Collar Crime Center, which helps businesses protect their computer systems, ironically enough.