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Adobe hack – 153 million accounts breached, not 38 million as previously stated

We’ve just run a blog about the Adobe hack stating that 38 million personal records had been hacked.  This was the figure the company gave.  However, this appears to be incorrect and the true number is closer to a staggering 153 million or to be precise 153,004,874.    
The scale of this hack is going to make other hacks look like a mere blip. Industry researchers have got hold of copies of the databases that were hacked. They reveal that customer passwords were primarily stored in Data Encryption Standard (DES) format which is generally considered to be secure. Users that have been affected include businesses, governments, non-governmental organisations and ordinary people. Intriguingly, but not too surprising, the most common passwords used on people’s accounts were ‘123456’, ‘password’, ‘123456789’ and ‘qwerty’. If you’ve ever used, and given your details to the company you need to reset your password, whether you have heard from the company or not. But use a little more imagination than those listed above.  The passwords above weren’t cracked they were simply deduced from the password hints that users had on their accounts. News of this mega-hack surfaced at the beginning of October, but Adobe admitted that it had actually taken place sometime in August. And it was only a few days ago that the company said 38 million account details had been hacked. 
Be aware and stay safe.


Filed under: Internet Threats

Written by Steve Bell

Steve has a background in IT and business journalism and has written extensively for both the UK national and trade press including The Guardian, Independent-on-Sunday, The Times, The Register, MicroScope and Computer Weekly. He's also worked for most of the world's largest IT companies producing content producing. He has a particular focus on IT security and has produced several magazines in this area.

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