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November 19, 2012

Hacker Leaks Over 150,000 User IDs for Adobe Connect User Forum

By David Delony
Contributing Writer

Adobe (News - Alert) is dealing with a data breach that revealed hundreds of thousands of login details for one of its discussion forums. The breach was announced by an Egyptian hacker using the name ViruS_HimA. The hacker posted usernames and passwords for, a forum dedicated to discussing the Adobe Connect conferencing software.

ViruS_HimA posted information for over 150,000 users on the forum on Pastebin, a site allowing anonymous users to post messages. The hacker apparently did so in protest of allegedly lax security policies on the part of Adobe and was not looking to damage the company’s business.

“Adobe is a very big company but they don't really take care of them security issues," ViruS_HimA wrote in the message. "When someone report vulnerability to them, it take 5-7 days for the notification that they've received your report!! It even takes 3-4 months to patch the vulnerabilities!"

The e-mail addresses included Adobe and Google (News - Alert) employees and, more troubling, American military and intelligence agencies. 

“At this point of our investigation, it appears that the forum site was compromised by an unauthorized third party. It does not appear that any other Adobe services, including the Adobe Connect conferencing service itself, were impacted,” Adobe Connect director Guillaume Privat said in a blog post.

Adobe shut down the forum and reset the passwords of the users whose identities were leaked. Privat said that the company was working on restoring access to the forums as soon as possible. was still down as of this writing.

“We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this may cause to our forum members,” Privat said. “Your security is of critical importance to us, and we appreciate your patience as we work towards restoring forum services.”

ViruS_HimA also promised a forthcoming dump of Yahoo information, saying that it was “gonna be a hot leak.”

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Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli

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