Hackers have hit Adobe hard with an attack that Adobe believes resulted in the compromise of 2.9 million Adobe customer accounts, including access to "customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to customer orders."
In a statement to customers, Adobe had the following to…
What do you think about this creative cloud stuff now?
Your statement "To be clear, this is NOT just Adobe Creative Cloud customers, this is possibly anyone who has ever signed up for a free Adobe account to do things as simple as download a free software trial from Adobe’s website."
Is true but the difference between me as an Adobe user and you as an Adobe user is that adobe does not have my credit card account information!!! Luckily for me I have bought my Adobe products from other companies like Amazon. I have an Adobe account but because I don't buy the software from Adobe's website they don't have my bank account information. It will be a hassle yes I will have to go in and change my password for my Adobe account so I can continue to download updates for my existing software but not that big of a deal for me. If you were not tied in to a software rental program you would not have had to have your bank info listed with Adobe. I don't condone what the hackers have done but it is a part of every day life today. I get pretty weird about this creative cloud and in general this cloud stuff that everybody is talking about today. I don't trust backing up my computer systems to on line cloud systems, I don't trust Apple's cloud program, I have a special bank account set up just for online purchasing. It's a hassle I know, whenever I make a big purchase I have to transfer funds from a separate account. But if anything like this happened where someone got a hold of my online credit card info damage would be minimal for me. Something to be said for perpetual license of software.
Honestly, I think this is the least of the concerns out there against using Creative Cloud. It happens to major companies all the time. I got a similar email from Sony last year regarding a major hack to their PS3 user accounts. It also happens at retail brick and mortar stores. We had a card compromised that we think was part of the TJ Maxx hack a few years back. We've only ever shopped in-store there. I also had someone skim my credit card at a store somewhere in Vegas. They made a duplicate and were using a physical card in France a day or two later.
For Adobe, this comes at a bad time – during the first year of its big Creative Cloud push. It adds fuel to the fire of critics who hate the Creative Cloud subscription model. How much damage it actually does the user base, I don't know.
I just kind of sighed and changed my password. I imagine most other users did the same thing. If something happens with it down the line on my account, it will be frustrating; however, as I understand Adobe's notice, the credit card data was encrypted so that risk may be minimal. It sucks to think that someone has access to my info; however, it's just part of living in a global society where payment systems are so connected.
Adobe has been pretty good on sending out notices to customers who they think may be affected by this security breach. If you have not gotten an email notice from Adobe you can always log into your Adobe account by going to Adobe.com. I would suggest that if you don't get an email notice from Adobe that you still change your password on your Adobe user account. You can do that by logging into your user account and then going through the steps of resetting your password. If you don't have an Adobe user account then this is not something you have to worry about.
Thanks, Ed. I got the notice yesterday, but when I went to the link they sent me to change my Adobe password, the page I went do didn't have a place for me to "change" the password (which I don't think I ever set up). I did finally end up at a page where I created a "new" password. I know I've downloaded Adobe in the past, or else I couldn't see PDFs. I just don't think I set up an account.
I appreciate you responding to last night's question so quickly. :)
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