Data Breaches Tech Tips

“Adobe Systems will pay $1.2 million settlement”

Adobe Systems was involved in a series of data breaches in October of 2013 in which 38 million accounts were affected in many states.  Three years later, Adobe Systems will pay a $1.2 million settlement to 15 states.  At that time it was one of the largest known data breaches to occur.  Stolen data included “names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, usernames and encrypted payment card numbers and expiration dates.”  According to Massachusetts’ Attorney General office, attackers compromised one of Adobe’s public-facing web servers and then took advantage of that access.  Massachusetts’ Attorney General office said in a statement that the settlement resolves consumer protection and the settlement now requires Adobe Systems to “implement new policies and practices to prevent future similar breaches.”  Depending on the number of victims in each state, the money will be split among all states affected.