New tool allows Adobe users to see if their emails were part of 'sophisticated attacks'

A new online tool allows the estimated 150 million people potentially affected by an Adobe hack to see if their email addresses were part of the leak.

A programmer identified as “programmer@Hilare_Belloc” developed the tool to let Adobe account users check their email addresses to see if they might be at risk, according to The Guardian.

Last month, Adobe announced that as many as 2.9 million users of Adobe’s products — such as its Flash browser plugin, Acrobat software used to create PDFs, and AIR framework — were at risk from “sophisticated attacks” that had the potential to compromise their personal data.

“We also believe the attackers removed from our systems certain information relating to 2.9 million Adobe customers, including customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to customer orders,” Brad Arkin, Adobe’s chief security officer, said at the time.

But The Guardian reported that the actual number of potential Adobe victims is actually more than 20 times higher, or about 150 million people.

Adobe customers can input their emails into the tool developed by programmer@Hilare_Belloc to see if they were included in the 10GB database leak. If it was, then they need to see if they’ve used the same password elsewhere because, as The Guardian reports, “it is as good as revealed.”

 

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