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Adobe security breach much worse than originally feared

An attack by hackers had been initially estimated to affect three million customers but it is now believe 38 million accounts have been compromised.

The Adobe headquarters is seen in San Jose, California.
The Adobe headquarters is seen in San Jose, California.
Image: (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

A SECURITY BREACH AT Adobe could be far worse than originally estimated with the software company now estimating that at least 38 million users have been affected.

Earlier this month the company said that hackers breached its defences and stole source code and credit card numbers of nearly three million customers.

According to the blog Krebs On Security however,  the company now believes that the breach may also have affected some users of their Photoshop software significantly widening the problem.

After the initial breach Adobe were forced to reset the passwords of customers whose information was taken and alert people whose credit or debit card numbers were swiped.

The California-based company also investigated the theft of source code crafted into its products and originally said it didn’t believe it increased the risk of hackers breaking into programs people may be using.

Adobe makes widely used computer programs including Acrobat, Reader, Photoshop and a ColdFusion web application development tool.

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