The problem is that the US untelligence services with their "NSA" programme 
have developed ways to hack any encryption, and have obliged companies like 
Adobe to build 'back doors' into their systems to enable surveillance snooping.
You may be surprised and flabbergasted at that, but once you come to terms with 
it, you will not be surprised that details of these things eventually leak, and 
get exploited by criminals. 

Indeed, we should probably be more alarmed that these hackers apparently stole 
the Adobe Acrobat source code than any credit card details they may have 
You can be sure that the source will be scrutinised and exploited for whatever 
security vulnerabilities they can find in Acrobat and/or the PDF format.


Message: 18
Date: Sun, 6 Oct 2013 16:14:49 -0700
From: "Syed Zaeem Hosain ("
To: "Robert Lauriston" <>,
        " Forum" <>
Subject: RE: The Adobe credit card issue may indeed be a major issue -
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Robert Lauriston wrote:
> The credit card numbers in the hacked Adobe data were encrypted, so that was 
> probably stolen some other way.


That totally depends on how good the encryption was. And, we do not know that - 
given the expertise of decryption techniques, this would not be a good thing to 
rely on.

Here is what Adobe is saying in their FAQ:

Should customers cancel their credit cards?

Adobe has notified the banks processing customer payments for Adobe, so that 
they can work with the payment card companies and card-issuing banks to help 
protect customers' accounts.

We are also in the process of notifying customers whose credit or debit card 
information we believe to be involved in the incident. Customers whose credit 
or debit card information was involved will receive a notification letter from 
us with additional information on steps they can take to help protect 
themselves against potential misuse of personal information about them.

U.S. only: Adobe is also offering customers, whose credit or debit card 
information was involved, the option of enrolling in a one-year complimentary 
credit monitoring membership.

We also recommend that customers monitor their account for incidents of fraud 
and identity theft, including regularly reviewing your account statements and 
monitoring free credit reports. If customers discover any suspicious or unusual 
activity on their account or suspect identity theft or fraud, they should 
report it immediately to their financial institution.

U.S. only: In addition, customers may contact the Federal Trade Commission 
(FTC) or law enforcement to report incidents of identity theft or to learn 
about steps they can take to protect themselves from identity theft. To learn 
more, customers can go to the FTC's website, at, call 
the FTC at (877) IDTHEFT (438-4338), or write to Federal Trade Commission, 
Consumer Response Center, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580.


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