Adobe fined $1m for 2013 security breach

Nov 16, 2016 | 4:47 pm

Published by | Chandan Singh


A $1 Million fine has been handed out to Adobe Systems for the massive 2013 data break the rules that saw around 38 million user credentials taken and leaked online. The fine has to be paid to the over 5,00,000 residents of 15 US states afflicted by the 2013 data breach.

“Under a multistate agreement announced today, Adobe will pay $1m  to North Carolina and 14 other claims and implement new guidelines and practices to avoid future similar breaches, ” reviews cited a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release as declaring.

“The settlement resolves an investigation into the 2013 data breach of certain Adobe servers, including machines containing the personal information of approximately 552,000 residents of the taking part states. ”

According to a report by the Register, Adobe has also promised the 15 US states that it may strengthen security measures to avoid such security incidents from occurring in the future. Local reviews said the state of Massachusetts is slated to receive $70, 000 from the settlement.

“Consumers who entrust a company using their personal data should have that trust respected”, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement. “Adobe put customers’ personal data at risk of being compromised by a data breach, and that is unacceptable. This kind of settlement will set up important new practices to ensure that a breach such as this does not happen again”

According to the office of the legal professional general of Ohio, the million dollar fine is to penalize Adobe because of not adopting, “reasonable security measures to protect its systems and private information on them from an attack that came from at the public-facing machine, ” IT News reported.

The October 2013 infringement saw hackers access the source code of Adobe’s Photoshop, Acrobat and Audience applications. A study into the security breach also revealed that usernames, security passwords, and encrypted credit cards information of millions of users stolen and leaked out online. Authorities allege that the attack was not far off and that Adobe would not take the necessary steps to protect the customers’ data.

New you are able to legal professional general Roy Cooper said that businesses and governments “must do more” to ensure that delicate and private user data remain inaccessible to cyber criminals.