Thursday 19 October 2017

Data Protection watchdog scans Adobe Ireland breach

Billy Hawkes, data protection commissioner
Billy Hawkes, data protection commissioner
Nick Webb

Nick Webb

Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes is investigating a major network breach at Adobe, which took place last year.

It is understood that the probe relates to the theft of active customer records. The Data Protection Commissioner is fronting the investigation as Adobe Ireland handles all data processing for customers outside North America.

"This office received a data security breach notification from Adobe Systems Software Ireland Ltd on the October 2 last," it said in a statement.

"This office immediately launched an investigation into the matter, which is still ongoing.

"We have also received a number of complaints from individuals regarding the matter. We understand that Adobe has contacted affected individuals alerting them to the nature of the data potentially compromised. This would include the email address of individuals registered with Adobe."

It is believed that the data breach came as customers clicked on a link contained in a bogus Adobe email. "This office would advise individuals to be vigilant of any unsolicited emails they receive and not click on links contained within or download files from any email where they are not familiar with the sender."

The number of network hacks and data breaches has soared in recent years as personal information becomes a more valuable commodity for criminals.

Irish Independent

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