Tech company Adobe have been fined $1 million by 15 U.S. states because the massive data breach that occurred in 2013, which compromised the information of 38 million users, and the company failed by not having the necessary security measures in order to prevent the cyber strike, in which the hackers managed to get into a server where Adobe kept data as names, addresses, email addresses, usernames, passwords, telephone numbers and encrypted payment card numbers with its expiration dates.
Adobe Is Now Forced To Review Its Internal Security Policies
According to Digital Trends, around 500,000 people in the 15 states will receive the money as part of the agreement that it was reached with the company. The states are Vermont, Arkansas, Oregon, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Illinois, Mississippi, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Indiana and Missouri. These states agreed that Adobe didn't care about their interests since it failed to prevent this situation to happen and detect the cyber strike in a timely fashion.
Another huge setback for Adobe is that it will have to review its internal security policies twice per year and give them the necessary maintenance in order to prevent any similar cyber strike in the future. Also, the company will have to implement some additional security measures , to protect important user information as the credit card data.
This Is Not The First Time Adobe Face A Situation Of This Kind
According to ItProPortal, the attorney general of Massachusetts, Maura Healey, explained that the servers hacked contained the personal data of 552,000 residents of the 15 states. She added that anyone who entrusts a company with their information should have that trust protected and respected, claiming that the fact that Adobe compromised its user's data is something unacceptable.
By his part, North Carolina Attorney, General Roy Cooper, explained that private corporations and the government must do a higher effort in order to protect the customer information. Adobe faced a similar situation previously in California, in which it has to pay an undisclosed amount and $1.1 in legal fees.