Adobe Hack – 38 Million User Records Stolen

Adobe Hack

On October 3rd, 2013 hackers broke into the Adobe network and stole account details for 38 million active users. This data including email address, encrypted password, and password hint has been released to the Internet. Though the passwords were encrypted Adobe used an insecure method of encryption and a large number of the passwords have been discovered.

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Password Takeaways:

Nearly 5%, or about 2 million users had the password of “123456”.

Many of the password hints reference “family member name”, “birthdate”, “pet name”, or “same as all other accounts”. The last hint highlights the reason why these types of breaches are so dangerous. Unfortunately it is common for people to use the same email and password for multiple online accounts.

When one user account get compromised, all corresponding user accounts with the same email address and password get compromised.

The top 10 passwords by Adobe users

1. 1,911,938 123456
2. 446,162 123456789
3. 345,834 password
4. 211,659 adobe123
5. 201,580 12345678
6. 130,832 qwerty
7. 124,253 1234567
8. 113,884 111111
9. 83,411 photoshop
10. 82,694 123123

Online Safety

  • Create strong passwords unlike the ones on this top 100 list.
  • Use different passwords for different accounts
  • Do not use the same password for your bank as your Facebook or Twitter accounts
  • Use a password manager such as KeePass or LastPass to store all your passwords
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