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Class Calls Adobe Systems' Security 'Shoddy'
From: Jeffrey Walton <noloader () gmail com>
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:35:11 -0500


SAN JOSE (CN) - Adobe Systems' "shoddy security protocols" allowed
hackers to steal credit card and log-in data from 38 million people
last month - a fiasco 13 times larger than Adobe initially reported, a
class action claims in Federal Court.

"The massive breach did not come as a surprise to industry experts
familiar with Adobe's security practices who warned that Adobe's
shoddy security protocols and track record of previous breaches made
it susceptible to massive hack of the scope and depth that resulted,"
lead plaintiff Christian Halpain says in the lawsuit.

Adobe announced the security breach on Oct. 3, stating that hackers
had stolen 3 million credit and debit card records and log-in data
from an undetermined number of users, Halpain claims. She says Adobe
later acknowledged that about 38 million users had been affected.

"Adobe promises its users that it will provide 'reasonable
administrative, technical, and physical security controls' to protect
their PII [personally identifiable information] and represents that it
uses industry-leading security practices to do so, but Adobe's actual
security practices are substandard in the industry and continue to
result in breaches of Adobe's networks and software," according to the

Halpain seeks class certification and punitive damages for breach of
contract, breach of faith, unfair competition and violation of the
California Data Breach Act. She is represented by Eric Gibbs, with
Girard Gibbs, of San Francisco
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