Adobe Creative Cloud Data Breach – Over 7 Million Users Exposed

The latest data breach reveals email ID, member ID and account status of paid users with Adobe.

Published29 Oct 2019, 11:21 AM IST
Tech News
2 min read

If you’re an avid user of platforms like Photoshop or Premier Pro, chances are you’ve got an Adobe Creative Cloud account. And this is where the trouble starts. According to a detailed report earlier this month, more than 7 million Creative Cloud user details like email ID and their subscription accounts were exposed via a data breach.

Adobe acknowledged this development and shared generic details about the supposed vulnerability, without exactly giving more information about the incident.

Thankfully, users won’t have to worry about their passwords or financial details (any debit/credit card attached) being revealed. But even then, Creative Cloud account users, exposed via this breach could become victims of phishing mail attacks.

The breach was jointly discovered by Comparitech and security researcher Bob Diachenko on 19 October, and they alerted Adobe about the issue, who immediately closed the vulnerability.

The environment contained Creative Cloud customer information, including e-mail addresses, but did not include any passwords or financial information. This issue was not connected to, nor did it affect, the operation of any Adobe core products or services.
Adobe statement
Creative Cloud is extensively used by professionals in the field of art, media and the film industry, who get access to creative solutions like Photoshop, Illustrator and Premier Pro via a paid subscription.

Data breaches have become a serious concern, but even after Adobe was informed about the vulnerability on 19 October, the company took almost a week to publicly share the incident.

We are reviewing our development processes to help prevent a similar issue occurring in the future.
Adobe statement

Paid subscribers, unlike the free platforms, would surely demand better accountability, especially when you’ve got customers across all segments, including small companies, involved in other activities.

While the data breach is unlikely to impact users or their finances, chances are, data like email IDs and knowing subscription status could be used to send mails by hackers, asking them to reveal confidential things which generally no company will ask its users to reveal.

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