Recently Adobe had a security breach where they claimed that roughly 3 million user accounts were affected. At the time they said that some accounts even had encrypted credit/debit card information stolen. When the announcement came out Adobe sent out a mass e-mail informing the people affected that their accounts were compromised. The breach was a blow to Adobe’s Creative Cloud service which moves their software from a onetime purchase to a monthly subscription.
The threat of a data breach is one that every company faces and it is also an eventuality that they all know can happen at any time. The number of daily attempt to penetrate corporate security is staggering as is the number of successful attack where at least some data is taken. It is for this reason that we still a confused when companies want to move to a cloud based or subscription style software agreement. Once all of that billing information is stored in a single spot (even multiple data centers) it becomes a very big target. Adobe has found that out the hard way as they are now reporting a breach that lost the information for approximately 2.9 Million users and source code for Cold Fusion and Acrobat.